Bursitis of the Hips

hip Bursitis

Hip Pain from Bursitis

The muscles, tendons and joints in our bodies rely on bursae to allow for smooth, pain free movement. Bursae are fluid filled sacs that lie between muscle groups and around tendons. These sacs are filled with lubricating fluid and they allow muscles, tendons and joints to slide across each other with minimal friction. Normally bursae work to minimize friction, however, if they become irritated and inflamed they can cause pain and loss of range of motion. Inflammation of a bursae is known as bursitis.

A common joint that experiences bursitis is the hip, specifically the trochanteric bursa. In most cases, trochanteric bursitis affects adults over the age of 50 but it can affect younger people that engage in activities that generate excessive stress on the hip. Bursitis can also be triggered by trauma – such as a fall on the hip or even a car accident.

Trochanteric bursitis can be treated effectively with chiropractic. Effective chiropractic treatment for bursitis of the hip includes joint adjustments of the lumbar and sacroiliac joints as well as a combination of electric muscle stimulation and ultrasound in order to reduce inflammation.

In addition to chiropractic treatment in the office, patients will benefit from specific stretches and exercises that will help support the hip joint. Use of ice packs at home is also helpful.

Bursitis of the hip is often aggravated by specific activities. It is important for you to identify those activities and either stop them or modify what you are doing. Every time your hip hurts it is getting worse, therefore, trying to “work through the pain” is not only not going to work but it will make your condition worse.

When you come into the office for hip pain, don’t be surprised if we examine your low back, knees and feet in addition to your hips. Stress or joint misalignments in any of these areas can cause pain or dysfunction anywhere along that chain of joints. There is a bio mechanics theory know as the “kinematic chain” which indicates “if a joint that is part of any chain of joints is dysfunctional, that it is likely to cause dysfunction of additional joints within that chain of joints”. This is especially true in the lower extremities and into the lumbar spine. In particular, the feet are the foundation of the body and many foot conditions eventually contribute to knee, hip and lower back problems.

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