What is Hip bursitis?
Bursa are small pillow -like structures that are filled with thick viscous fluid that serves to cushion and protect friction from overlying tendons. Bursitis simply put is inflammation bursa. In the hip the two major bursa in the hip typically are a large one that covers the outer bony greater trochanter and the smaller bursa is located near the groin of the hip. Trochanteric bursitis is a term used for inflammation of the larger bursa, and the iliopsoas bursitis The symptoms of trochanteric bursitis is described as sharp shooting pain on the outside of the upper thigh and hip. Over time pain may become more of an ache and spread across the upper hip down halfway to the thigh.
In the evening lying on the affected side causes an exacerbation of pain. Sit to stand can cause a temporary flare-up in pain which may subside with walking. Prolonged walking however multiple stairs sitting cross-legged it all can exacerbate the pain. Women and their middle-aged and elderly tend to develop bursitis more often than their male counterparts. Athletes can develop bursitis from excessive running bicycling or mountain climbing. Trauma direct to the outer part of the hip from a fall or a car accident can cause trochanteric bursitis. Certain congenital conditions such as a shortened limb or spinal deformities such as scoliosis may also affect ambulation causing a reactive trochanteric bursitis.
Treatment options for current condition
- Physical Therapy
- Anti-inflammatory Medications