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Hip Bursitis causes, symptoms and treatment

Hip bursitis is the inflammation of the bursa in the hip region. Bursa is filled with fluid and is a sac seen in the junction of the bone and the tendon. They are cushions that act as shock absorbers. It is a sac like structure, which inflames on application of pressure. Hip bursitis is of various kinds, based on the area of pain.

Iliopectineal bursitis is the inflammation and pain in the groin. Trochanteric bursitis is the pain on the hip sides. The last kind is the ischialgluteal bursitis is the pain or discomfort in the buttocks or the base of the hip. The duration of the inflammation depends on the cause of the problem.

Bursitis of the hip involves many causes, such as infection, excessive use of the hip region, immense pressure, arthritis, presence of scoliosis, injury to the hip, surgery such as hip joint replacement and hip arthroplasty. Difference in the size of the legs is yet another cause for hip bursitis. Symptoms of hip bursitis involve stiff hip, pain, inflammation, lack of sleep, pain in the buttocks and groin.

Home care helps in speeding up the recovery process. Rest is necessary to heal the bursa. Avoid all kinds of activities that involve the hip. Commence all normal activities, after complete recovery of the hip and the groin. Cold compress helps in decrease of inflammation and pain. It constricts the blood vessels and thereby reduces the swelling and redness. Apply cold pack for around twenty minutes. Repeat this procedure thrice a day.
Over the counter painkillers or non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs prove beneficial in providing relief. Corticosteroids also help in pain reduction. Certain medications contribute to associated complications, such as renal disease and bleeding in the stomach.

Care is essential. Drug abuse is life threatening. Avoid hard surfaces and sit on cushioned areas. A shoe lift also helps to decrease the strain on the hips.

Weight maintenance is helpful, as obesity harms the hip and worsens the condition. Sleep on your back. Avoid the side of bursitis infection. Place pillows and cushions on the side of the hip and knees, to decrease pain. Surgery is recommended, in case of unbearable pain and infection of the bone. Fluid removal from the hip helps in speeding up the recovery process. Ultrasound helps to increase the circulation. Massage the area to increase the warmth and thereby to help in treatment.

Submitted on January 16, 2014