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. This is 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 are often worsened 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 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.
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Every patient receives an in-depth consultation to devise a treatment plan that is right for their problem. Our specialists prefer non-operative and non-invasive treatments whenever possible, including physical therapy, medications, and/or injections. When we require surgery, we will then use minimally invasive surgical techniques to fix your problem, whether it is fixing a broken bone or repairing a tendon. Our goal is always to get you back to living your life normally as soon as possible.