Treating Hip Bursitis
Hip bursitis, or bursitis hip, takes place when the fluid-filled sac in the hip joint (called bursa) becomes inflamed, irritated and swollen. This sac helps cushion hip tendons, muscles and ligaments while gliding them smoothly over bones in the joint.
If you or a loved one is experiencing pain and discomfort in your hip, visit an orthopedic doctor at UPMC for an evaluation and diagnosis. UPMC Orthopedics offers patients of all ages complete treatment.
Hip Bursitis Symptoms
Symptoms of hip bursitis will vary depending on which bursa is causing the problem. General hip bursitis symptoms may include:
- Hip pain
- Burning sensation
Hip bursitis pain may be more intense at night when lying down on the hip, or when sitting or walking for an extended period of time.
If you have any of these symptoms, consult an experienced orthopedic doctor at UPMC for efficient diagnosis.
Hip Bursitis Causes
Hip bursitis is frequently caused by:
- Repetitive motions, such as running, climbing stairs or biking
- Hip injuries
- Bone spurs
- Spine conditions
- Inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Previous hip surgery
Hip Bursitis Treatment at UPMC
The goal of treatment will be to relieve pain, reduce swelling and prevent future damage to the hip joint. Initially, your doctor will most likely suggest noninvasive methods, such as rest, anti-inflammatory medicines, using a cane or crutch, physical therapy and corticosteroid injections for pain relief. You may be be given special hip exercises that you can do at home to stretch and massage your hip muscles.
In rare instances, surgery may be recommended to help alleviate hip bursitis.
UPMC Orthopedics is dedicated to helping patients of all ages find treatment for hip bursitis in Wellsboro, Lock Haven, and Williamsport, PA.