In a previous article, we talked about some of the injuries and conditions that can cause hip pain – both chronic and acute. Today, we’re going to take a deep dive into one particular condition that can cause hip pain – bursitis. This article is all about hip bursitis – its causes, symptoms, and pain management options.
What is Hip Bursitis?
Hip bursitis is caused by an inflammation of the bursa (small sacs filled with fluid that help cushion the joints in the body). The condition is most common in older patients, and can be caused by repetitive stress injuries, acute injuries to the hip (e.g. a car accident or sports injury), or previous hip surgery. Here are some of the more common signs and symptoms that may indicate a diagnosis of hip bursitis:
- Pain, typically located at the point of the hip that initially presents as sharp, and latter turns to a dull, achy type of pain.
- The pain usually worsens at night or when getting up from a seated position.
To diagnose hip bursitis, your physician will perform a physical exam. Other imaging tests like x-rays, MRIs, and bone scans may be ordered as well to rule out other conditions.
Treating Hip Bursitis Pain
Alright, now we know a little bit about the causes and symptoms of hip bursitis. But diagnosis is only half the battle. How can hip bursitis be treated? Most hip bursitis cases are treated conservatively, without surgery. Typical treatment options include physical therapy, pain medications, injection therapy, and regenerative medicine injections like PRP and prolotherapy.
Minneapolis Hip Pain Management
The board-certified pain management doctors at Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of MN have over twenty years of experience treating patients with hip bursitis. If you are experiencing symptoms of hip bursitis, contact us today to set up an appointment with one of our pain specialists. We can work with you to find a treatment strategy that fits your unique needs. Our primary clinic is located in Edina, but we treat patients throughout the Twin Cities Metro area.
Matthew Thorson, MD
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