Bursitis is an inflammation of the trochanteric bursa, which is a fluid filled sac that allows smooth motion between the femur and the illiotibial band (IT Band), a wide tendon on the outside of the hip joint that runs down the length of the leg. The Bursa act as a cushion between the bone and soft tissue and the repetitious movement of the tendon or soft tissue over the bone over time may cause inflammation known as bursitis. Hip bursitis can affect anyone, but is more common in women and middle-aged or elderly people. There are several causes everything from , repetitive stress (overuse), an actual hip injury, a spine disease, difference in leg-length, rheumatoid arthritis, bones spurs or calcium deposits.
Most pain experienced with bursitis is on the outer side of the hip and it may radiate down the thigh. The pain initially may feel sharp and intense but over time can often become dull and achy. Typically, the pain is more common at night, lying on the affected area or standing from a seated position may increase the pain. Other symptoms may include limping or stiffness in the hip joint.
Conservative treatment for hip bursitis does not involve surgery, but simple lifestyle changes such as decreasing or modifying the activities that are causing the pain and symptoms. Anti-inflammatory medications, stretching exercises, or steroid injections may be used to help eliminate or reduce the pain however, reducing activity will still be necessary to allow proper time to heal. Surgery is rare for hip bursitis but in severe cases the bursa may be removed.
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