Bursitis is the inflammation i.e. painful swelling of the bursae, the tiny fluid-filled sacs that are located between the bone and soft tissue as cushions to reduce to friction. They are located all over the body in hip, shoulders, knee, hands and elbow joints to help muscles, ligaments and tendons smoothly glide over the bone when they function normally. Swollen or inflamed bursae make the surrounding are painful and tender, which can be short-lived or long-lasting.
Two Major Bursae – Hip Bursitis
As for hip, there are two major bursae in the hip that are prone to inflammation – greater trochanter at the bony point of hip and another iliopsoas bursa that is located on the groin side. Inflammation of the two major bursae is commonly termed as trochanteric bursitis. Ischial bursitis is another form of bursitis that is experienced near the lower part of the v-shaped bone and tendon that attached to the hamstring muscle.
Hip Bursitis Symptoms & Causes:
Just like any inflammation, the primary symptom of hip bursitis is the pain centred on the location of the bursae extending overtime to the thigh area. Likewise, the pain can start as sharp one, gradually extending to a large area of the hip, intensifying at night or getting up from a sitting position chair, climbing stairs, walking for a long time or even squatting. As for ischial bursitis, it causes pain at the centre of buttocks which further can radiate down to the back of the leg.
From hip trauma to gout, there can be multiple causes of hip bursitis and some of the most common causes of hip bursitis include:
- Injury to the hip – The bursa is commonly inflamed and is filled with blood when an individual falls outside of the hip resulting in trauma. Though the blood is reabsorbed din to the body, the inflammation can stay intact causing pain and swelling.
- Systemic medical conditions – People suffering from gout, rheumatoid arthritis, scoliosis, diabetes, bone spurs are more prone to suffer from hip bursitis than the general population.
- Extra stress & excess weight – People who put stress on the hip from intensive and repetitive movements in sports are also prone to hip bursitis
In addition to the above, the previous history of hip surgery, bacterial infections, and degeneration of hip joint are some of the common causes of hip bursitis.
Diagnosis & Hip Bursitis Treatment in Mumbai:
One of the most common issues with hip bursitis is its ability to mimic other hip conditions which is why an orthopaedist or hip specialist uses physical examination, a wide variety of imaging studies and lab tests to confirm the incidence of hip bursitis to recommend hip bursitis treatment options.
As for the treatment of hip bursitis, the primary goal always is to reduce the inflammation a variety of treatment options are used to achieve it based on the severity of the inflammation and underlying cause.
RICE therapy, non-steroidal inflammation drugs, anti-inflammation medications, corticosteroid injections are common non-surgical hip bursitis treatment options that are used to orthopaedists to successfully treat hip bursitis. However severe cases can also demand surgery for hip bursitis – Bursectomy, osteotomy of the greater trochanter, tendon repair and IT band release are some of the surgical options available for treating hip bursitis successfully. So if you are experiencing pain, it is advisable to consult an expert orthopedist to stop bursitis in its tracks and treat it successfully. If you are living in and around Mumbai and are looking for hip bursitis treatment in Mumbai, Dr.Chirag Patel is the best orthopedic doctor in Mumbai with a great track record in the treatment of hip bursitis. You can contact him here: https://www.drpatelchirag.com/