Bursitis of the Hip

Bursitis of the hip causes pain in the hip when a bursa becomes irritated or inflamed. The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion the bones, tendons, and muscles near your hip joint. This condition is a common cause of hip pain.

There are two major bursae of the hip. The Tronchateric Bursa is on the side of the hip and separated from the actual hip joint by tissue and bone. The Iliopsoas Bursa is in the upper buttock area.

Bursitis of the hip is usually a temporary condition that lasts for only days or weeks. However, it can last months or years, especially if the cause, such as overuse, is not identified or changed.

What Causes Bursitis of the Hip?

Hip bursitis can be the result of one or more of the following:

  • Injury to the point of the hip: This can include falling onto the hip, bumping the hip into an object, or lying on one side of the body for an extended period.
  • Overuse: Sports or work activities that may cause overuse or injury to the hip joint area.
  • Other diseases or conditions: These may include scoliosis, arthritis of the lumbar (lower) spine, and other spine conditions, as well as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriasis, thyroid disease, or an unusual drug reaction.

The best way to prevent hip bursitis is to avoid repetitive motion of the joint, especially if you are overweight.

Video Overview: Bursitis of the Hip (Trochanteric Bursitis)