Hip bursitis, a painful condition that is quite common, is characterized by the inflammation or irritation of a fluid-filled sac called a bursa. This structure encases the hip joint and protects the tendons and muscles that are attached to the hip bone. In addition to the hips, bursitis develops quite often in the elbow and shoulder, but it may also develop in other joints.
There are two major types of hip bursitis: trochanteric bursitis and iliopsoas bursitis.
Trochanteric bursitis is primarily diagnosed in older adults. It is commonly caused by trauma or the degenerative effects from aging.
Iliopsoas bursitis occurs when the bursa that is connected to the iliopsoas tendon becomes inflamed. This form of bursitis is common in young adults and adolescents, especially women. It is referred to as the snapping-tendon syndrome. This is due to the abnormal movement of swollen muscles in the hip region that cause snapping which can be felt or heard when the hip flexes.
Performing a proper warm-up before engaging in vigorous physical activities and gradually starting a new exercise routine can help prevent the occurrence of hip bursitis. Lifting and carrying heavy objects properly and refraining from sitting for extended periods also reduces the incidence of bursitis.
Common treatment approaches include resting temporarily, taking pain relievers, and surgical procedures such as a bursectomy. One of our specialists can help you find the best treatment option!