Hip bursitis is a painful condition, especially if an individual has had a pre-existing hip injury. Athletes involved in repetitive movements like running or bicycling are likely to experience bursitis. Bursitis is the swelling of the bursa, which is a small cushion-like sac containing fluid. It is a protective sac that surrounds joints. The hip bursa is located over the outside part of the hip bone (also known as the trochanter).
This protective sac is also present in other joints like the knee, shoulder, and heel. When the bursa becomes inflamed, the pain is usually sharp and intense. Occasionally, the pain of hip bursitis can be dull and achy. It may also spread to the lower back. The inside of the hip (towards the groin area) can also get affected.
Traditionally, a physician may decide to treat the pain and discomfort of bursitis with medication. Weight loss to minimize load on the joint and surrounding tissues may also be recommended.
A Healing Hand physical therapist can play an important role in the design of a safe, effective exercise program to strengthen muscles and improve joint mobility without pain and discomfort. Your therapist may also employ other treatment tools to relieve pain in your hip and promote healing.
Call us today to schedule an appointment at 800-401-1306. We look forward to helping you, and are committed to your injury prevention and wellness goals.