Hip bursitis, also known as trochanteric bursitis, is a common condition that affects the hip joint.
It occurs when the bursae, small fluid-filled sacs that cushion the joint and reduce friction between the bones, become inflamed.
Causes of Hip Bursitis:
Hip bursitis is most commonly caused by repetitive activities that put pressure on the hip joint, such as running, cycling, or standing for extended periods of time. It can also be caused by direct trauma to the hip, such as a fall or a blow to the hip. Other factors that may increase the risk of developing hip bursitis include tight hip muscles, poor posture, arthritis, and age-related changes to the hip joint.
Common signs and symptoms of hip bursitis include:
Pain on the outside of the hip: The primary symptom of hip bursitis is pain on the outside of the hip that may radiate down the thigh or buttock.
Tenderness: You may experience tenderness when pressure is applied to the affected area.
Swelling: Swelling may occur around the hip joint.
Redness: The skin around the hip joint may appear red due to inflammation.
Difficulty lying on the affected side: You may find it difficult to lie on the affected side due to pain.
Pain worsens with activity: Pain may worsen with activity, especially activities that involve bending or twisting at the hip joint.
Diagnosis of Hip Bursitis:
Hip bursitis is typically diagnosed through a physical examination and a review of your medical history. Imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRI scans, may also be used to rule out other conditions that can cause similar symptoms.
Treatment of Hip Bursitis:
The treatment of hip bursitis typically involves a combination of rest, physiotherapy, and pain relief medications. You may be advised to avoid activities that aggravate the condition and to use crutches or a cane to take pressure off the affected hip. Exercises can help stretch and strengthen the hip muscles and reduce the risk of future flare-ups. Pain relief medications, such as non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or corticosteroid injections, may also be prescribed to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
Prevention of Hip Bursitis:
There are several steps that you can take to prevent hip bursitis or reduce the risk of future flare-ups. These include stretching and strengthening the hip muscles, maintaining good posture, avoiding prolonged sitting or standing, wearing supportive footwear, and using proper technique when engaging in physical activities.
In conclusion, hip bursitis is a common condition that occurs when the bursae in the hip joint become inflamed.
It is most commonly caused by repetitive activities that put pressure on the hip joint, direct trauma to the hip, tight hip muscles, poor posture, arthritis, and age-related changes to the hip joint. Symptoms include pain on the outside of the hip, tenderness, swelling, and difficulty lying on the affected side.
Treatment typically involves rest, physiotherapy, and pain relief medications. You can take steps to prevent hip bursitis by stretching and strengthening the hip muscles, maintaining good posture, avoiding prolonged sitting or standing, wearing supportive footwear, and using proper technique when engaging in physical activities.
If you are experiencing symptoms of hip pain or reduced mobility, consult with the team at SASH for an accurate diagnosis and personalised treatment plan.