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What Is Bursitis of the Hip?
Hip Bursitis or Trochanteric Bursitis is a medical condition of the hip. It occurs when the bursa in the pelvis becomes inflamed or irritated. It is one of the most common causes of hip pain.  Usually, Hip bursitis occurs when the large bursa on the outside of the hip joint, where the pelvic bone meets the top of the thigh bone, becomes inflamed.

What are Common Hip Bursitis Symptoms?
Typically, patients with hip bursitis suffer from the following symptoms:

  • Hip pain.
  • Pain that is worse after prolonged inactivity.
  • Pain that is worse with repetitive activity.
  • Hip tenderness.
  • Radiating pain.
  • Excessive redness, swelling, bruising, or a rash in the affected area.
  • A fever.


As symptoms progress, pain may spread out of the thigh and occasionally to:

  • Buttock region.
  • Groin area.
  • Lower back region.


What Causes Hip Bursitis? 
The most common causes of bursitis are cyclic motions or positions that put pressure on the bursae around a joint. Other causes of hip bursitis are:

  • Trauma.
  • Overuse Injury.
  • Bone spurs on the trochanter bone.
  • Chronic diseases such as gout, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriasis can cause inflammation in the bursa.
  • Complications or strain from hip surgery.
  • Obesity.


Anyone can develop hip bursitis, but certain factors can increase your risk:

  • Age.
  • Occupation or Hobbies.
  • Other Medical Conditions.


Hip bursitis can be very painful and lead to disability if not treated in time, early intervention goes a long way. Do not wait for it to get worse.

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What Does Bursitis in the Hip Feel Like?

The symptoms of hip bursitis are:

  • Pain and tenderness in the hip bone or joint.
  • Inflammation around the affected area.
  • Excessive redness, swelling, bruising or a rash in the affected area.
  • Thickened bursa.

How Do You Get Rid of Bursitis in Your Hip?

You can use some of the below mentioned recommended treatments for bursitis:

  • Applying ice on the hip after regular intervals can help in relieving pain.
  • You can use prescribed anti-inflammatory medications to escape from inflammation or swelling of the hip while they also act as pain-killers.
  • Your specialist may recommend you to take proper rest and help you in improving your sleeping patterns.
  • You can also attend personalized physical therapy sessions to get rid of hip bursitis.

Is Walking Good for Hip Bursitis?

  • Yes, walking can be considered as a good option while you are in the recovery phase.
  • But avoid any activity related to running or jumping as it may worsen the hip pain and may also slow down your healing process.

How Long Does It Take for Hip Bursitis to Heal?

  • If you are facing intermediate or mild hip bursitis symptoms, then you may end up recovering in a few weeks.
  • But if the bursitis is displaying severe pain and inflammation of the hip, then the recovery process may take longer than usual, i.e., from weeks to months.
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