Hip Bursitis

Sacs looking like jelly containing some fluid inside are located in almost every part of the body particularly between bones and also between tissues that are soft and they act as friction reducing agents by acting as a cushion. These sacs are called as Bursa. Inflammation in these sacs that are called as bursa is called as Bursitis.
Hip Bursitis are conditions that could happen in two vital points where Bursa is present and based on the location of its presence Hip Bursitis is classified into two types.

  • Bony portion of the hip is covered with sac when irritation and inflammation occurs then it is called as Greater Trocanter.
  • In the inner side of the hip bone there is another kind of bursa and inflammation to this bursa is termed as illiopsoas bursa. In this kind of hip pain will be felt in the area around the groin.


Pain is the major symptom of Hip Bursitis and it normally starts with very high intensity. Later the pain would spread to the upper thigh region. The pain might be severe during night time and as the symptoms intensify sitting, climbing stairs or other regular activities also would become painful.


Excessive stress to the hip bone, recent injury to the hip, affected by spinal disease, difference in length of the legs, Rheumatoid arthritis, and surgery to the hip and or implants in that region and spurs of bone due to calcium deposits are considered to the causes for Hip Bursitis.

Non-Surgical Treatment:

  • Modification of regular activity to reduce straining the affected portion
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs that do not contain steroids
  • Using devices to assist your regular activities to reduce the inflammation
  • Physio-therapy exercises as advised by the specialist either assisted or on your own
  • Injection of appropriate steroids

Surgical Treatment:

Even though surgical treatment is rarely needed, for exceptional cases doctors might go in for removal of bursa through surgical procedures.