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Hip Bursitis

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Bursitis is a condition in which liquid and inflammation (swelling) build up the bursa (a sac that cushions a joint). Bursitis can be caused by overuse or excessive pressure on the joint, injury, infection, or an underlying condition, such as arthritis.

Signs and symptoms of hip bursitis include:

  • Pain in the hip
  • Swelling
  • Visible bump in the hip joint


Physical examination
Your doctor will conduct a complete physical examination – along with collecting your health history – to help make the diagnosis.

Imaging tests
Your doctor may order an ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to assess your bursitis.

Lab tests
Your doctor may order a blood test or analysis of fluid from the inflamed hip bursa to help determine the cause of your joint inflammation and pain.


Anti-inflammatory medicine
Your doctor may recommend you take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication – such as ibuprofen – to help relieve pain and swelling. Corticosteroid injections are also sometimes used to help relieve bursitis symptoms.

RICE method
You should use the RICE method, which includes rest, ice, compression, and elevation, while you’re at home.

Physical therapy
In most cases, your health care provider will prescribe rehabilitation therapy. Our physical therapists establish a unique plan of care that includes specific interventions for your condition and situation to help alleviate pain and improve mobility.

If other treatments have been unsuccessful in treating your hip bursitis, surgery may be needed.

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