Hip bursitis is almost always treated conservatively with lifestyle modifications, NSAIDs and physical therapy.
Bursae are fluid-filled jelly-like sacs that act as cushions between bone and soft tissue. When a bursa becomes irritated and inflamed, it will cause localized pain known as bursitis. The most common type of bursitis in the hip is trochanteric bursitis where pain is usually felt at the outside of the thigh area. Symptoms present as pain and often worsen with continued repetitive motion, when resting on the affected side and at night (See “Hip Bursitis” under our Conditions section for more information). A clinical exam in the office is usually all that is needed for a diagnosis. Tenderness when pressing the bony aspect of the hip is a good indication of trochanteric bursitis. Initial treatment for hip bursitis is conservative and includes lifestyle modifications, NSAIDs and physical therapy. Sometimes a simple cortisone injection to the bursa is used for immediate, and sometimes permanent, relief. Surgical intervention is rarely ever needed for hip bursitis. Prevention is key and can be achieved with weight loss, avoiding repetitive activities that put stress on the hips and maintaining strength and flexibility of the hip muscles.
As our patient, you will have an in-depth consultation with one of our doctors. We will create an individualized treatment plan together, tailored to your problem and lifestyle. Our doctors prefer non-invasive treatments whenever possible, including physical therapy and/or injections. If your problem ultimately does require surgery, our doctors prefer the least invasive surgical techniques possible. Our goals are the same as yours: to get you back to living your best life, pain free.