May 18th, 2012

Health N' Sports: Hip Bursitis

Staff Report

Health N' Sports: Hip Bursitis
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Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic shares insight on the condition

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Hip bursitis is a painful condition that can affect people of all ages. What is a bursa? A bursa is a fluid filled sac that reduces friction between tissues. When the bursa becomes inflamed or irritated, the condition is known as bursitis. There are bursae located near the large joints of the body such as the hips, shoulders, elbows, and knees. The two main bursae in the hips are trochanteric and ischial bursae.  Inflammation of the bursa can cause pain and stiffness around the joint. Trochanteric bursitis is the more common of the two areas.

Hip bursitis can be triggered by some type of soft tissue strain or trauma.

Symptoms can include:

  • Dull, burning pain on the outside of the hip that is made worse by lying on that side
  • Increased pain with walking or stair climbing
  • Tenderness of the tissues on outside of the hip

Treatment options for hip bursitis may include:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Oral anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy for exercise & activity modification
  • In some cases a steroid injection by a physician may be indicated

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