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Hip Bursitis

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

- Swelling

- Tenderness directly over the bursa These symptoms may get worse with stair climbing, prolonged walking or squatting.

Treatment is very dependent on the exact location of the Bursa, however, aims to rest it while decreasing inflammation and allowing time for recovery. If the condition persists despite treatment, surgical excision may be required.
Complications and Related Diseases
Inflamed Bursae can run the risk of becoming infected. Although rare and deep within the body, infected Bursitis may require antibiotic treatment.

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