What Is Hip Bursitis?
A bursa is a closed fluid-filled sac that functions as a gliding surface to reduce friction between tissues of the body. “Bursae” is the plural form of “bursa.” The major bursae are located adjacent to the tendons near the large joints, such as the shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees.
When the bursa becomes inflamed, the condition is known as “bursitis.”
There are two major bursae of the hip, the trochanteric bursa and the ischial bursa. Inflammation of either can be associated with stiffness and pain around the hip joint. The trochanteric bursa is located on the side of the hip. It is separated significantly from the actual hip joint by tissue and bone.
Symptoms Of Hip Bursitis
Trochanteric bursitis frequently causes tenderness of the outer hip, making it difficult for patients to lie on the involved side, frequently causing difficult sleep. Trochanteric bursitis also causes a dull, burning pain on the outer hip that is often made worse with excessive walking or stair climbing.
The ischial bursa is located in the upper buttock area. Ischial bursitis can cause dull pain in this area that is most noticeable when climbing uphill. Bursitis of the hip is the most common cause of hip pain.
Suggestions For Managing Hip Bursitis
Patients with hip bursitis can often benefit by weight reduction, stretching exercises, and wearing proper footwear for exercise activities.
Physical-therapy programs such as osteopathy, myotherapy and remedial massage can be helpful in reducing the tightness in the gluteal muscles which is a significant cause of bursitis around the hip. Ice therapy is very effective at reducing the pain and inflammation around the joint. In severe cases a cortisone injection is applied to the inflamed bursa by a physician.
Hip Bursitis Management Options
Osteopathy is a “whole body” system of manual therapy which uses a range of techniques to manage musculo-skeletal disorders and other functional disorders of the body. This form of treatment was developed in America in the 1870s by Dr Andrew Taylor Still and has progressed in development to be widely scientifically validated and utilised around the world.
Myotherapy is the evidence based assessment, management and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal pain and associated conditions. Myotherapy targets the soft tissue of the body, namely muscle groups and connective tissue (myofascia), to help reduce pain, improve muscle function and increase joint range of motion. They also provide education on a range of postural complaints, functional movement and corrective exercise.