Hip Bursitis

Well done! You’ve taken the first steps to understanding and relieving your Hip Bursitis! The hip isn’t the only place that you have a bursa, but we’ll stick with the hip for this page, so it’s more specific to you. Once you read this page answer the questions on the sheet given by your physiotherapist at Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia and bring that to your next treatment session. Recovery from your Hip Bursitis is crucial in order to achieve your goals and gain rapid and long-lasting results. Your physiotherapist at Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia has requested that you read this page so that you understand your condition and know how to best manage in between physiotherapy consultations.

What is Hip Bursitis?

Hip BursitisYour body has many complicated ways of helping you move with ease, and pain-free. One of the systems that your body uses is bursae. A bursa is a tiny, fluid-filled sack, that functions as a gliding surface to reduce friction between tissues. You will find bursae throughout your entire body, wherever it is required for a tendon or ligament to glide constantly over a bony area, or another tendon or ligament. Bursitis occurs when this bursa becomes inflamed, and pain and tenderness can result. Hip bursitis most commonly refers to the trochanteric bursa, the bursa that sits on the bony part that sticks out to the side at the top of your femur (thigh bone).

What caused my Hip Bursitis?

Bursitis may be caused by injury to the area (traumatic or repetitive), a rheumatic or osteoarthritic condition, or calcification of the gluteal tendons that run over the trochanteric bursa. Rarely, it may be due to infection to the area. The most common cause of Hip Bursitis is an injury or strain. This can occur occasionally even with minor injuries.

How can you help me with my Hip Bursitis?

A detailed history, taken by your Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia Clinician, of the pain or injury can determine the underlying cause of your hip bursitis, while a physical assessment of the knee, hip, back and surrounding structures, can determine the best course of action in treating the condition. Usually, treatment will involve correcting any abnormal gait (walking) biomechanics, and strengthening/stretching muscles to reduce muscle imbalances, weakness and tightness.

What should I do to avoid aggravating my Hip Bursitis?

  • AVOID activities that aggravate your pain, until you have seen a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia Clinician.
  • AVOID generic strengthening activities such as squats and lunges, until you have seen a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia Clinician, as they may be contributing to the muscle imbalances, rather than helping them.
  • REMAIN ACTIVE, while avoiding aggravating activities.
  • For RELIEF, applying ice to the area may help to reduce some pain and inflammation in the initial stages. Be sure to wrap the icepack in a towel, and only apply for 10 minutes every 2 hours. CEASE use if you have any negative reaction.
  • RECEIVE physiotherapy care to get your joints, ligaments and muscles de-loaded and moving freely with no restrictions.
Keep good care of your body and your physiotherapist will continue to monitor your condition. Once your Hip Bursitis has resolved you will be able to resume your full activities without worrying about future flare-ups.

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