Do You Have Bursitis of the Hip

Hip Bursitis Is A Common Cause Of Hip Pain

Do You Have Bursitis of the HipHip bursitis is inflammation or irritation of one or more of the bursae in your hip. The most common location of hip bursitis is in the trochanteric bursa. Hip Bursitis is a general term that can describe bursitis coming from a few different areas.

Hip bursitis is often the result of another problem affecting the hip, such as a damaged tendon or muscle. Most often hip bursitis is reflective of an underlying pathology in the lower back. The most common symptom of hip bursitis is the hip pain at the outside part of the lower hip.The aim of rehabilitation of hip bursitis is to reduce pain and inflammation on the hip, identify possible causes and return to full fitness.

Hip Bursitis

Hip bursitis is a condition close to my heart as I have suffered from it myself and I realise just how much it hurts! So, just what is hip bursitis?

This condition is an inflammation of a bursa in the hip area. A bursa is a sack of fluid separating soft tissue from bone. It acts like a cushion when functioning correctly. However when it becomes injured or inflamed a bursitis may result. This is where your bursa becomes red hot and swollen. It can also be very painful! You commonly will not see the redness as it can be deep under the bulk of your thigh!

The causes of hip bursitis may be due to rheumatoid arthritis or gout. However, I find that it is more commonly due to muscle imbalances in your body. These muscles imbalances generally arise from poor posture and movement patterns. Although the onset of hip pain with bursitis is often sudden, the cause has usually been there for some time. Unless you had a direct trauma to the hip, pain is usually due to a movement problem that has been there for some time. Do not ignore the little aches and pains! Prevention is always better than cure. Read more here.

Most of the time, cases of hip bursitis are self-diagnosed based on the known checklist of symptoms associated with this type of injury.


Bursitis (bur-SY-tis) is a painful condition that affects the small, fluid-filled sacs — called bursae (bur-SEE) — that cushion the bones, tendons and muscles near your joints. Bursitis occurs when bursae become inflamed.

The most common locations for bursitis are in the shoulder, elbow and hip. But you can also have bursitis by your knee, heel and the base of your big toe. Bursitis often occurs near joints that perform frequent repetitive motion.


If you have bursitis, the affected joint might:

  • Feel achy or stiff
  • Hurt more when you move it or press on it
  • Look swollen and red. See more here.

Hip bursitis is a relatively common condition in which the fluid-filled sacs in your hips (bursas) become inflamed in an attempt to minimize friction in your hip joints.

Hip Pain: Common Causes and How Chiropractic Can Help

Our hips serve innumerable functions for our body; they keep us upright, allow us to bear weight, walk smoothly, run, jump, kick, play. Since the hips are engaged in nearly every way we move, pain in this area can have debilitating consequences for patients. Although hip pain is frequently the result of osteoarthritis or injury, it can also be a sign of other health conditions. A doctor of chiropractic can help you identify the source of your hip pain and develop a tailored treatment plan for your symptoms.

How Chiropractic Can Help Hip Pain

After performing a careful physical examination and evaluating your familial and personal history, a doctor of chiropractic can work to determine the source of your hip pain. Your chiropractor will create a personalized treatment plan that could include chiropractic adjustments, exercise therapy, posture advice, stretching, massage, coordination with other health practitioners, and more. Treatments will aim to reduce inflammation, relax any existing muscle spasms, strengthen weakened muscles, and improve the mobility of the joint.

Depending on the cause of your hip pain, chiropractic adjustments could help. Multiple studies have found that chiropractic adjustments are effective in relieving sciatica, a common cause of pain in the hip and lower back.  In a study comparing the efficacy of chiropractic to surgery for sciatica, 60% of chiropractic patients with severe sciatica had substantially improved symptoms that enabled them to avoid surgery. Check full article here.

Stretches Can Relieve Hip Bursitis

Two of the most common types of hip bursitis is trochanteric and iliopectineal bursitis. Hip bursitis is called chronic if it lasts for a really long time or continues to disappear and then re-appear. Other cases of hip bursitis are the secondary effect of developing bone spurs, arthritis, or a curved spine.

Most cases of hip bursitis are the result of long-term damage to the underlying bursae. Stretches to help relieve hip bursitis are typically held for a couple of seconds to as long as a person can hold and for effective results, it should be repeated several times per day. Most treatments for hip bursitis are non-invasive and will aim to reduce inflammation, contact us here: (619) 831-8777.

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Author: Allison Yardley

Allison has 6 years in practice as a Chiropractor's Assistant and is a licensed Massage Therapist who writes for numerous blogs online. Feel free to comment or ask questions regarding any of Alley's blog posts.

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