Hip pain? It could be hip bursitis. Bursitis occurs when one or more of the fluid-filled sacs (called bursae) which act as cushions between the soft tissues and bones, become irritated or inflamed. Hip bursitis may be triggered by sports injuries, repetitive hip movements, poor posture, or complications after surgery.
Hip bursitis is often pain felt on the outside of the hip. It can start out as a sharp pain and slowly becomes a dull ache. Activities such as running, jumping, climbing stairs or sleeping on the affected side can make it worse.
5 Common Causes of Hip Bursitis:
- Stress on soft tissue a result of a poorly positioned joint or bone (such as having one leg slightly longer than the other)
- Incorrect posture exhibiting scoliosis, arthritis and other spinal issues
- Over use or injury to the joint area caused by repetitive activities such as running or climbing or standing for long periods of time
- Previous surgery around the hip or prosthetic implants in the hip
- An injury to the hip caused by a fall or bump to the hip
Bursitis is most common in middle aged women and the elderly. There are ways to treat hip bursitis conservatively with ice, rest, anti-inflammatory medications, activity modifications and physical therapy. If those modifications bdo not bring relief, you should consider making an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon.
Dr. Paul Jacob is a leading hip and knee surgeon in Oklahoma City who pioneered robotic joint replacement surgery in an outpatient setting. Dr. Jacob has performed over 5000 robotic joint replacement procedures and actively participates in numerous research studies on robotic outcomes. Dr. Jacob is committed to excellence by achieving the highest patient outcomes with the Oklahoma Joint Reconstruction Research Institute, and has been published in The Journal of Knee Surgery, Journal of Orthopedics, Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics, Arthritis & Rheumatology, and The Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine.