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Hip Bursitis

Brett Cascio, M.D.

Hip Bursitis

Does the outside of your hip hurt when you get up after sitting for long stretches? This is a must-read:

Hip Bursitis

What is Hip Bursitis?

The trochanteric bursa is a fluid-filled sac located between the femur, or thigh bone, and the illiotibial band, a thick tendon on the outer side of the thigh. When the trochanteric bursa becomes inflamed, it is called hip bursitis.

What causes Hip Bursitis?

This condition can be caused by tightness of the illiotibial band. Inflammation of the trochanteric bursa is commonly caused by overuse injuries and injury or trauma to the hip. Issues with gait, such as a difference in leg length, and degenerative conditions like degenerative disk disease, have also been show to cause hip bursitis.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

Symptoms of hip bursitis may vary according to the condition's severity. Common symptoms include pain on the outside of the hip that may travel down the thigh, as well as mobility issues and hip joint stiffness. This pain may occur with activity, like going up stairs. Often, the pain is worse when getting up from being seated or when laying on the hip.

How is Hip Bursitis treated?

Hip bursitis is often treated successfully with conservative methods. These may include activity modification, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, a stretching regimen, and injections. If the condition is very severe, however, surgery may be necessary.

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