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Hip bursitis can lead to pain on the outside of the hip. We look at the symptoms of hip bursitis and available treatments.
When a bursa becomes inflamed it produces excess fluid, causing it to swell up and sometimes form a lump. This is called bursitis.
In bursitis of the hip, the inflammation can occur on the outside (lateral) of the upper thigh bone (femur), at a bony prominence called the greater trochanter. Pain in that area of the hip is usually referred to more broadly as Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome.
While inflammation of a hip bursa will often resolve itself naturally after a couple of weeks, more severe or long-lasting cases may require treatment. If you are suffering with painful hip that is affecting your mobility, it may be wise to have an assessment with an orthopaedic consultant.
Inflammation of the bursa can be due to infection or injury. Should this happen, the inflamed bursa will put increased pressure on nearby structures and tissues, causing pain and swelling.
While bursitis may develop spontaneously, there are certain things that can increase the likelihood of a hip bursitis. Bursitis is more common in:
The symptoms of a hip bursitis are aggravated by any posture that places direct pressure over the affected region or activities that require repeated flexion and extension of the hip joint.
There are several activities that can aggravate the pain, these include: ·
Your doctor will be able to diagnose hip bursitis by conducting a physical examination and taking a history of your condition. Along with pain, the main feature of a hip bursitis is often tenderness when pressing the outside of the hip.
Although trochanteric bursitis symptoms, hip bursitis symptoms and greater trochanteric pain syndrome symptoms are very similar, an experienced consultant will be able to determine the precise cause of the pain. X-rays and MRI scans are not routinely required to diagnose the condition.
Once an examination has been carried out and a hip bursitis diagnosis has been made, your doctor will discuss the treatment options with you.
It is possible that a hip bursitis may resolve itself naturally within a couple of weeks, and rest will play a significant role in how you treat a hip bursitis. Rest helps to reduce the risk of additional strain, aggravation or injury to the hip.
The first course of action in hip bursitis treatment is to tackle the hip pain. This can be done with over-the-counter pain medication or by applying an ice pack to the affected hip. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help with pain relief.
Then next step is treat the hip bursitis causes. So if the pain is aggravated during sport then it is best to cease that particular activity while you allow the bursa to heal itself.
However, if the bursitis is causing long-term or severe pain and you are also experiencing a loss of movement in your hip, then a range of treatments are available. These include: