Hip bursitis (or trochanteric bursitis) is an inflammation of the bursa, the fluid-filled sac that helps the muscle move smoothly over a bone. Bursitis often causes joint pain, stiffness, and swelling.
The most common symptom of hip bursitis is pain at the point of the hip, extending to the outside thigh area. Typically the pain is worse when the patient stands up after sitting for a while. Pain may also increase during prolonged activity like walking.
Your orthopedic specialist will conduct a physical examination and may also request an x-ray or MRI. If you do have hip bursitis, your doctor may recommend modifying your activity to lessen the symptoms. Treatments could include anti-inflammatory medication, injections, or physical therapy.
In the rare cases when nonsurgical treatments do not provide satisfactory relief, surgery may be required. Your orthopedic surgeon may use hip arthroscopy to remove the bursa. This is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure.
If you have hip pain and would like an evaluation with one of our specialists, please call our office or request an appointment online.