Hip Bursitis Treatment

Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursae which are fluid filled sacs that function as friction-reducing, lubricating cushions between moving tissues of the body. The hip has two major bursae, the trochanteric bursa and the ischial bursa, which can cause hip pain and stiffness when inflamed. Although the pain can be a nuisance, hip bursitis is different from arthritis and responds well to conservative treatments.

What causes hip bursitis?

Typically, hip bursitis is a result of a soft-tissue trauma or strain injury. Very occasionally, hip bursitis can be the result of an infection of the bursa. Activities that can increase your risk of hip bursitis include going up and down stairs, excessive exercise, and other repetitive activities that put strain on the hip area. If you have a history of hip injury, you’re also at a higher risk for hip bursitis. Symptoms may include pain and tenderness of the outer hip and thigh, tightness, or dull, burning pain in the hip or upper buttock area. Pain symptoms of hip bursitis may cause difficulty sleeping, walking, or climbing stairs, and frequently occur after sitting idly for long periods of time.

When should I seek treatment for hip bursitis?

If you’re experiencing symptoms of hip bursitis or feel tenderness on the outside of the hip, it’s a good idea to seek out treatment. Additionally, if activities that put strain on the hip are causing you pain or if you feel aching in the hip area when lying on your side in bed, treatment from a medical professional can help to alleviate your symptoms. Working with a physical therapist can help to speed up the recovery process and strengthen your body to prevent future injury.

How can physical therapy help with my hip bursitis?

Your physical therapist will conduct a full body assessment and review your injury history to pinpoint the source of your pain and to determine if secondary factors are contributing to your hip pain. They’ll work with you to build a plan of care that is unique to your body and daily activities to ensure the most effective and speedy recovery process. They may include treatment techniques such as:

• Manual therapy: skilled, hands-on treatments that target your muscles and joints in order to improve your range of motion and strength of your hip.
• Custom exercises: To decrease tension and help to restore normal motion in the back, hip, and knee.
• Patient education: to change any factors contributing to your pain such as exercise frequency, types of exercises, and even improper footwear.

Your physical therapist can provide the necessary tools to prevent and/or treat hip bursitis and hip pain, allowing you to return to your favorite activities pain-free and stronger than ever! To learn more about how to prevent hip bursitis or to eliminate any discomfort, book a physical therapy assessment today.

“I came to Therapydia with hip pain. My physical therapist put me through a series of tests and then prescribed exercises to address the problem. I noticed immediate improvements in my performance and pain levels and I was able to continue training while fixing the problems.”


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