What is Hip Bursitis?
The Bursa is a small jelly-like sac that acts as a cushion between the bone and the overlying soft tissues, reducing friction. When this sac becomes inflamed, the bony point of the hip (Greater Trochanter) has a fairly large Bursa which can become irritated. This condition is then known as Hip Bursitis.
The main causes for Hip Bursitis are:
- Bone Spurs or Calcium Deposits which can develop within the tendons that attach to the Trochanter (the bony outgrowth at the upper end of the thigh bone)
- Hip injury, which can occur from falling onto one's hip, bumping one's hip on the edge of a piece of furniture or lying on one's side of your body for a prolonged time
- Leg-Length Inequality, when one of your legs is shorter than the other by more than 1 inch
- Repetitive Stress (Overuse) Injury — this can occur when stair climbing, bicycling, running or after standing for a long time
- Spine disease, which can occur from Lumbar Arthritis (in the lower spine) or Scoliosis (curved spine)
The main signs and symptoms of Hip Bursitis are: Pain:
- When moving
- When sleeping on the affected hip
- When sitting on a hard surface for a long time
- When getting up after being seated
- Which extends over the outside of the thigh and may radiate down the outside of the thigh
- Tenderness directly over the bursa These symptoms may get worse with stair climbing, prolonged walking or squatting.