If you are feeling a pain in any part of your hip you should keep yourself updated with Bursitis of the hip symptoms. A bursa refers to a sac that is filled with fluid and acts as a smooth gliding surface attenuating frictions between moving tissues present in different parts of the body. Bursitis of hip occurs when the bursa becomes swollen and may rarely be infected. If the bursitis is not infectious it can be treated by applying ice, taking rest, physical therapy and medication for relieving inflammation and pain. For the rare variety of infectious bursitis it is imperative to take proper bursitis medication which embraces antibiotics or in certain cases may even need surgery.
Symptoms of Bursae
Hip Bursitis mainly comprises two types, namely, ischial bursa and trochanteric bursa. Both are characterized by nagging pain and stiffness around the joint of the hips along with inflammation. It is not related to arthritis in any way and is therefore in no way a joint pain. The typical bursitis of the hip symptom includes sudden pain or an aching pain that grows gradually. Sudden pains may be severe in cases where there is a calcium build-up. The pain is felt generally over the swollen area on the side of the hip which comprises the greater trochanter. The pain may slowly radiate down towards the outside portion of the thigh. With growing pain and severity of the problem a limp-like condition develops which is felt more while walking associated with stiffness along the joint of the hip. If left untreated the pain may even be felt during rest or when you are sleeping. Pain felt on the underneath surface of the hip when sitting down may be due to ischial bursitis. It sometimes is called “tailor’s seat” or “weaver’s bottom“.
Treatment of Bursa
Non-surgical treatment of hip bursitis commonly referred to as trochanteric bursitis typically begins with bursitis medications and lessening levels of activities in younger patients of the disorder who often overuse their body parts to lead to the conditions. The anti-inflammatory medications are often accompanied by a physiotherapy course which includes stretching exercises and therapies for strengthening the area. Such physiotherapy sessions help resume hip movements, boosting up the coordination of the hip and buttock muscles and strengthening of the femur so as to enable it to move around the socket without any frictions. For those who still experience pain after medications a cortisone injection is recommended by the doctor to alleviate the painful symptoms.
When none of the above non-surgical methods work which is a rarity your doctor may advise a surgical removal of the swollen bursa and any present bone spurs that may have arisen on the greater trochanter. The surgery also helps in relaxing the gluteus maximum tendon. Surgeons may either take out the specific part of the tendon which is inhibiting and rubbing against the greater trochanter or just lengthen the tendon a little to treat the bursitis.
A home based rehabilitation program spanning for 4 to 6 weeks may be recommended by your doctor whether you have taken the surgical procedure or have done without it. It typically embraces working with the physiotherapist and undertaking exercises for strengthening and stretching of the muscles around the hips without putting much stress on the joint.