Understadning Hip Bursitis…
To understand what hip bursitis is, it is important to know what a bursa is. A bursa is a closed fluid-filled sac which helps in reducing friction between body tissues. The major bursae can be found adjacent to the tendons of the larger joints.
The hips have two bursae, the trochanteric and ischial bursa. They are adjacent to the edges of femur and pelvic bones. When the bursa becomes inflamed, we say somebody has a condition called bursitis. The inflation may be due to pain in the hip or stiffness around the area.
Causes of Hip Bursitis
Bursitis can either be infectious or non-infectious. A non-infectious condition is a result of the trauma or strain injury in the area. Also, the hip bursa can get a bacterial infection, something which is described as rare. This condition is called septic bursitis. The hip can also get inflammation from the crystals that are deposited from calcinosis or gout, although this is considered to be uncommon.
Among the risk factors associated with hip bursitis are activities which can cause strain around the hip area. These activities include moving up and down the stairs and repetitive activities such as exercising, among others.
The symptoms are dependent on the type of hip bursitis. For the trochanteric bursitis, there is some frequent pain and tenderness around the outer thigh. This makes it hard to lie on the affected area and also causes difficulty sleeping. This type of bursitis also involves a dull and burning hip pain that makes it difficult to walk, exercise or even climb up the stairs.
Ischial bursitis causes a dull pain around the upper buttock area. This is most noticeable when one is moving up the stairs or climbing a hill. The hip pain may also appear after sitting for a long period on a hard service.
Hip bursitis is normally diagnosed through clinical observation. A physical therapist will review the history of the hip pain to rule out other conditions.