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Hip Bursitis Specialists

Sports Medicine Oregon

Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in Tigard, OR & Wilsonville, OR

Hip pain can limit your mobility and prevent you from doing the activities you enjoy. The orthopedic surgeons at Sports Medicine Oregon treat a wide range of conditions that cause hip pain, including bursitis, at the offices in Tigard and Wilsonville, Oregon. Hip bursitis pain often comes and goes, so it’s best to seek treatment as early as possible to minimize the risk of lasting damage. To learn more, call Sports Medicine Oregon or schedule an appointment online now.

Hip Bursitis Q&A

What is hip bursitis?

The bursae are fluid-filled sacs that cushion the joints and other bony areas of the body. Bursitis occurs when these sacs become inflamed or infected. 

While bursitis can develop almost anywhere in your body, it’s especially common in the hips, which incur plenty of stress and pressure. 

What causes hip bursitis?

While the causes of hip bursitis range widely, the most common reasons individuals develop this painful condition include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout
  • Being overweight
  • Being female
  • Physical inactivity
  • Injury or trauma
  • Overuse
  • Infections

Repetitive stress is one of the most common causes of hip bursitis. Activities that put pressure on the hips, such as running and cycling, can lead to damage and inflammation of the bursae.

What are the symptoms of hip bursitis?

The symptoms of hip bursitis may feel subtle at first, but over time they tend to worsen. Signs that you may have hip bursitis include:

  • Outer hip pain
  • Pain that radiates down the thigh
  • Poor mobility
  • Pain when running or walking
  • Stiff joints

Bursitis typically feels worse when you stand after sitting for long periods. Rest and frequent stretching may help relieve pressure from the bursae in your hips.

What are the treatments for hip bursitis?

How your orthopedic surgeon at Sports Medicine Oregon treats your condition depends on its severity. 

The first step is diagnosing the condition. After a comprehensive physical exam, your provider orders imaging tests such as X-rays to make an accurate diagnosis. 

While hip bursitis rarely requires invasive treatments, early intervention can significantly improve your recovery outcome. If you’re overweight, losing even a few pounds can help relieve stress on your hips. Other lifestyle modifications, such as reducing your running mileage, can also improve your symptoms.

Physical therapy is a non-invasive treatment that can increase your flexibility, reduce pain, and improve your mobility. Strengthening the muscles in your thighs and glutes may also relieve pressure from your hips.

Regenerative medicine injections, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP), prolotherapy, or stem cell therapy, can help repair damage caused by hip bursitis.

In rare cases, your bursae may be damaged to the point that your orthopedic surgeon must drain and remove them. Fortunately, Sports Medicine Oregon has an onsite surgery center.

To schedule an appointment with Sports Medicine Oregon, call the office or book online today.