Hip Bursitis

Written by James Lyons
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A number of different bursae rest along the outer portion of the hip close to the part of the femur (thigh bone) known as the greater trochanter. This part of the bone is flat and broad and acts as an anchoring point for several of the body's large muscles. If one of the trochanteric bursa becomes inflamed, pain in or around that part of the body will emerge.

Are you experiencing pain around the outside of the upper thigh area just above the hip joint? Does the pain increase when you roll over or lie down on the affected side? Does it hurt when you sit for an extended period of time, stand for an extended period of time or walk up an incline? Does the pain get worse at night? If you answered yes to all these chances, you need to get checked for arthritis of the hip or hip bursitis.

Averting Hip Bursitis

A number of different things can trigger the onset of trochanteric bursitis. Repetitive stress to the hip area can trigger it. Scoliosis and rheumatoid arthritis can trigger it. An injury to the hip can trigger it. Even resting on one side of your body for too long can trigger it.

Rest is the best treatment for hip bursitis. Oftentimes, rest is enough to get rid of it. Applying ice a few times a day (never directly on the skin) can help reduce swelling and accelerate the healing process. A good anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen is also smart to take. There are also topical creams and oils that are more natural and can offer a way to manage your pain. After a period of rest, learn some stretching exercises that isolate the hip and lower back muscles.


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