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Understanding and Managing Hip Bursitis

by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates

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Understanding and Managing Hip Bursitis

by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates

Dealing with hip bursitis can be a real pain—literally. 

Whether you're experiencing discomfort in your hips due to inflammation or swelling, understanding this condition is vital to finding relief. Understanding the symptoms, causes, and treatment options for hip bursitis empowers you to take control of your health and well-being.

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What Is Hip Bursitis?

Hip bursitis, a form of arthritis, occurs when the bursa, fluid-filled sacs that cushion your joints, become inflamed and angry. Repetitive activities or injuries often cause it because this can result in pain and swelling around the hips, making everyday activities challenging. The result? Pain, tenderness, and swelling around your hip area. The first sign? Sharp pain at first that can settle into a nagging ache over time. Watch for swelling, warmth, and even redness around your hip.


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  • We have multiple Orthopaedic Surgeons who specialize in hips. 
  • We have a whole-body health approach when it comes to orthopaedic care.
  • Our dedicated physical therapy team works with patients with hip issues to resolve discomfort and get them back to doing what they love.

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What Causes Hip Bursitis

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Hip bursitis can develop from various factors:

  • Repetitive motions - Like those from work or sports
  • Injuries
  • Infections
  • Poor posture
  • Aging

Understanding the underlying causes can aid in prevention and management strategies. Think of hip bursitis as your body's way of saying "ouch" to alert you to overuse, injury, or poor posture. Even getting older can make you more prone to hip bursitis. Understanding the triggers can help you prevent future episodes. It's like your body's saying, "Hey, take it easy!"

Recognizing Symptoms of Hip Bursitis

Recognizing the symptoms of hip bursitis is essential for early intervention. Hip bursitis isn't shy about letting you know it's there. 

If you are feeling pain, tenderness, or swelling around your hip, especially when you move, it might be hip bursitis. 

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Other signs include: 

  • Limping
  • Difficulty lifting your knee
  • Altered gait
  • Hip pain when lying down or climbing stairs

From pain and tenderness to swelling and altered gait, understanding these signs can help you seek timely treatment.

Factors that Aggervate Hip Bursitis

Hip bursitis isn't shy about making itself known. Activities like lying down for too long or walking distances can further irritate the bursa, adding "fuel to the fire." Some exercises and certain conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis or poor posture, can exacerbate hip bursitis, so keeping these in check is essential.

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Hip Bursitis Treatment

Managing hip bursitis involves a multifaceted approach to reducing inflammation and promoting healing. So, what can you do about it? 

Fortunately, there are a few things you can implement yourself to find relief:

Healing and Preventing Hip Bursitis

Prevention is the key when it comes to hip bursitis. 

Simple lifestyle changes, such as maintaining a healthy diet, regular exercise, and correcting posture, can help prevent the recurrence of this painful condition. 

  • Taking breaks during repetitive activities and tasks, to give your hip a breather. 
  • Pay attention to maintaining good posture
  • Staying active without overdoing it can all help keep hip bursitis at bay. 
  • And don't forget to listen to your body— it knows best! 

They say prevention is the best medicine, and it's true for hip bursitis too. 

Early intervention is key to healing hip bursitis. Ice packs and rest can kickstart the process, followed by a visit to an orthopedic specialist for tailored guidance. If you feel like you're experiencing hip bursitis without relief, reach out and make an appointment with one of our orthopaedic specialists.


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Are you suffering from hip pain?

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If you have hip pain, please contact us and schedule an appointment. We have urgent care facilities all over New Jersey for your convenience.


Things to Avoid with Hip Bursitis

If you are experiencing hip bursitis, there are some specific things to avoid. Avoid things like running, deep squats, and leg lifts. Even cardio machines can be a no-go because they put too much pressure on your already irritated hips. Instead, focus on gentle stretches and movements that support rather than strain your hip joints.

Dealing with hip bursitis can be challenging, but it's not something you have to put up with forever; relief is within your reach with the proper knowledge and proactive steps. By understanding hip bursitis and its causes, recognizing its symptoms, and knowing how to address it effectively, you can manage it and get back to feeling like yourself again. Don't let hip bursitis hold you back. 

This blog post is meant to be informative and should not act as a self-diagnosis tool. If you’d like to see one of our doctors, please contact us here.

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