Hip Bursitis in Miami, FL

The Advanced Neuro and Spine Institute specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of orthopedic conditions and diseases such as hip bursitis. Our team of experts delivers the latest advances in personalized, comprehensive care to patients in our conveniently located clinics in Aventura, Kendall, Hialeah, and Fort Lauderdale.

What is Hip Bursitis?

Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa; a small, fluid-filled sac positioned between bone and soft tissue, functioning as a cushion to help reduce friction. Bursae are located throughout the body surrounding different joints, including the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and heel. Hip bursitis refers to the inflammation of the bursa in the hip.

There are two types of bursae in the hip that may become painfully inflamed. One type of bursa cushions the bony point of the hip bone called the greater trochanter, and inflammation of this bursa is called trochanteric bursitis.

The other type of hip bursitis occurs when the iliopsoas bursa, located on the inside of the hip, becomes inflamed. This condition may also be classified as hip bursitis, even though the pain and inflammation are located in the groin area. This condition is less common than trochanteric bursitis, but both conditions have similar treatments.

What are the Causes and Symptoms of Hip Bursitis?

Hip bursitis may affect anyone, but is more commonly found in women and the elderly. Although precise causes are difficult to pinpoint, several risk factors have been associated with the development of hip bursitis, to include:

  • Repetitive Stress: This can occur when any repetitive movement, such as running, climbing stairs, bicycling, driving, or standing for long periods of time, places undue stress (overuse) on the body.
  • Hip Injury: This can occur when a fall, collision, or blow to the hip injures the point of the hip. Even lying on your side, on a hard surface for an extended time, can result in a hip injury.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: Those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis have a higher incidence of the bursa becoming inflamed.
  • Spine Disease: This condition can include scoliosis, arthritis, herniated disks, and other problems associated with the spine.
  • Leg-Length Disparity: When one leg is significantly longer than the other, walking and posture may be affected, leading to inflammation of the hip bursa.
  • Prior Surgery: Patients who have undergone surgery to the hip area, or who have prosthetic implants in the hip, may find that these conditions irritate the bursa and cause hip bursitis.
  • Bone Spurs: Bone spurs are calcifications or small bits of bone that can grow in the tendons which attach the trochanter to surrounding muscles. These bony deposits may also irritate the bursa and cause inflammation, contributing to hip bursitis.

The most common early symptom of trochanteric bursitis is a sharp, intense pain at the point of the hipbone, and may extend to the outside thigh area. As the condition progresses, the intensity of the pain may diminish, becoming more of a dull ache and spreading across a larger area of the hip and pelvic regions. For most patients, the pain increases at night, usually due to lying on the affected hip, and rising from a seated position intensifies the pain, as does prolonged walking, climbing stairs, or squatting.

Typically, hip bursitis does not require surgery, with many patients experiencing relief with simple lifestyle changes, including:

  • Avoidance or reduction of the activities that intensify symptoms.
  • Temporarily relieve pain and control inflammation with medications.
  • Use assistive devices, such as a walking cane or a walker, which may temporarily reduce pressure on the hip until the condition improves.
  • Physical therapy focused on gentle stretching exercises to increase hip strength and flexibility, and other treatments, such as ultrasound therapy, massage, and hot or cold applications.

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