Causes & Symptoms of Hip Bursitis

Symptoms & Causes of Hip Bursitis

Hip bursitis is an inflammation of one or more bursae (fluid-filled sacs) in the hip joint. Bursae act as cushions between bones, tendons, and muscles, and they help to reduce friction during movement. When a bursa becomes inflamed, it can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in the hip.


There are two major bursae in the hip that can become inflamed: the trochanteric bursa and the iliopsoas bursa. The trochanteric bursa is located on the outside of the hip, and it is the most common site of bursitis. The iliopsoas bursa is located on the inside of the hip, and it is less common.


Hip bursitis can be caused by several factors, including:

  • Overuse: This is the most common cause of hip bursitis. Activities that put repetitive stress on the hip, such as running, walking, or climbing stairs, can increase the risk of bursitis.
  • Injury: A direct blow to the hip can also cause bursitis.
  • Underlying medical conditions: Some medical conditions, such as arthritis, obesity, and diabetes, can increase the risk of hip bursitis.


The symptoms of hip bursitis can vary depending on the severity of the inflammation. Some common symptoms include:

  • Pain: The pain is usually located on the outside of the hip, but it can also be felt on the inside of the hip or in the groin. The pain is often worse when moving the hip, such as when walking, climbing stairs, or getting up from a chair.
  • Swelling: The hip may be swollen and tender to the touch.
  • Stiffness: The hip may feel stiff and restricted in movement.

If you are experiencing pain, swelling, or stiffness in your hip, it is important to see a doctor to get a diagnosis. Hip bursitis can be easily diagnosed with a physical exam. In some cases, your doctor may order an X-ray or MRI to rule out other causes of hip pain.



The treatment for hip bursitis depends on the severity of the inflammation. In mild cases, treatment may involve:

  • Rest: Avoiding activities that aggravate the pain can help to reduce inflammation.
  • Ice: Applying ice to the affected area for 20 minutes at a time can help to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers: Taking over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, can help to relieve pain and inflammation.


In more severe cases, your doctor may recommend:

  • Physical therapy: Physical therapy can help to improve the range of motion and strength in the hip.
  • Cortisone injections: Cortisone injections can help to reduce inflammation and pain.
  • Surgery: In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the inflamed bursa.

With proper treatment, most cases of hip bursitis can be resolved within a few weeks. However, it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions and to continue treatment until the inflammation has subsided.

If you are experiencing hip pain, please schedule an appointment with our experienced physiotherapist at Shred Recovery Clinic. We can help you to diagnose the cause of your pain and develop a treatment plan that will help you to get back to your active lifestyle.

Call Shred Recovery Clinic on  0410 615 804 or book online to schedule your appointment!

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