Bursitis of the Hip

Bursitis of the hip (also known as trochanteric bursitis) is the inflammation of a fluid-filled sac near the hip called the bursa. The bursa acts as a cushion in the hip joint and can be painful when irritated or inflamed.


There are a number of factors that can cause bursitis of the hip, including injury to the hip from falls, overuse in work or sports, poor posture, and diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid disease. Bursitis of the hip is also more common in women and older people.


Pain in the hip, thigh, and buttocks is the most common symptom of bursitis of the hip. This pain can range from a dull ache to a sharp pain that spreads. Lying on the affected side, walking, and standing up can also be painful.


Physicians will ask about symptoms, assess medical history, and conduct a physical examination to properly diagnose bursitis of the hip. Imaging tests can be used to identify an inflamed bursa. Blood tests may also be ordered to analyze fluid from the inflamed bursa.


There are a number of treatments to reduce pain and swelling from bursitis of the hip, including rest, anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy. Canes or crutches can be used temporarily to preserve mobility. When conservative treatment options are not effective, surgery may be required.

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