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Hip Bursitis Treatment Options

What is hip bursitis?

Hip bursitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the bursae, small fluid-filled sacs located near the hip joint that cushion the bones, tendons, and muscles. Inflammation of these bursae can lead to pain, swelling, and limited mobility in the hip area. Understanding the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options for hip bursitis is essential for effective management and improved quality of life for affected individuals. 

How is hip bursitis treated?

The treatment approach for hip bursitis depends on various factors, including the degree of inflammation and the patient’s symptoms, and overall health. Treatment options may range from conservative measures such as physical therapy and activity modification to surgical intervention in more severe cases.

What non-operative options are available?

  • Rest and Activity Modification: Avoiding activities that exacerbate hip pain and inflammation, such as prolonged standing or high-impact exercises.
  • Pain Management: Using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroid injections, or other pain-relieving medications to alleviate symptoms.
  • Physical Therapy: Engaging in targeted exercises to strengthen hip muscles, improve joint stability, and enhance flexibility. Modalities such as ice packs or heat therapy may also be beneficial.
  • Assistive Devices: Utilizing supportive devices such as canes or crutches to reduce pressure on the affected hip and promote healing.

What operative options are available?

In cases where conservative measures fail to provide adequate relief, surgical intervention may be considered. Surgical options for hip bursitis may include:

  • Bursal Aspiration and Injection: Draining excess fluid from the inflamed bursae and injecting corticosteroids or other medications to reduce inflammation and pain.
  • Bursectomy: Surgical removal of the inflamed bursae may be necessary in severe or recurrent cases of hip bursitis.

What does rehabilitation look like?

Post-treatment rehabilitation focuses on restoring hip joint function, strengthening muscles, and preventing recurrence of symptoms. This may involve a structured physical therapy program, gradual return to activities, and patient education on self-management strategies.

In conclusion, hip bursitis is a common condition characterized by inflammation of the bursae near the hip joint. With proper diagnosis and treatment, including conservative measures and, if necessary, surgical intervention, individuals with hip bursitis can experience improved pain relief and functional outcomes.

Dr. Shane J. Nho is a board-certified fellowship trained sports medicine orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of hip bursitis. If you believe you are affected by hip bursitis, schedule a consultation today with our experienced orthopaedic care team.

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Dr. Shane Nho

  • Board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon
  • Team Physician for Chicago Bulls, White Sox, Steel
  • Performs more than 700 procedures each year
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