What is a Hip Bursa?

  • A Bursa is a fluid filled sac that functions as a gliding surface to reduce friction between moving tissues of the body.

What is Hip Bursitis

  • Hip Bursitis is the swelling and inflammation of the Fluid Filled Sacks in the Hip
  • There are Major Bursae in the hip that typically become irritated or inflamed.
    • Greater Trochanter- Covers the boney point of the hip- inflammation of this Bursa is called Trochanteric Bursitis
    • Ilipsoas Bursa- This is located on the inside of the groin side of the hip. When this bursa is inflamed it is referred to as Hip Bursitis.  This is less common then Trochanteric Bursitis, however treatment is similar.

Hip Bursitis Causes

  • Throwing a Baseball or lifting something over your head repeatedly
  • Leaning on your elbows for long periods of time
  • Extensive kneeling for tasks like laying carpet
  • Falling on the outside of the hip
  • Banging your hip on a hard surface

Hip Bursitis Signs and Symptoms

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  • Trochanteric Bursitis
    • Pain on the outside of the hip and thigh, or in the buttock
    • Pain when lying on the affected side
    • Pain when you press in or on the outside of the hip
    • Pain that gets worse during activites such as getting up from a chair or out of a car
    • Pain when walking up stairs
  • Iliopsoas Bursitis
    • Pain in a primary symptom, it will start around the front of your hips, and may also radiate down your thighs and knees
    • May notice mild discomfort while doing certain activities like
      • Walking up a flight of stairs
      • Exercising
      • Extending your legs
      • Rising from a seated position.
  • Treatment for Bursitis:
    • Anti-Inflamatories such as ibuprofen or asprin can be taken to help with pain.
    • Can be treated with Artex SafeTherapy Hip Cooling Hip Wrap for the first 48 hours, this will work much better then Ice
    • Rest and do not overuse the area.
    • Warm or moist heat, like a hot bath or a heating pad.
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