How painful can be hip bursitis?

hip bursitisAunt Thelma was crying in pain. She was suffering hip pain due to which she was unable to do any household tasks. Her maid would often remind not to overwork, but aunt Thelma wouldn’t listen to anyone. She could not walk, climb stairs or do anything by her own as if she tried to move she would experience an excruciating pain. She was becoming old day by day and so her pain growing making it more difficult for her as if hip pain standstills her life for some time!

Yes, hip bursitis commonly known as hip pain can be quite painful that can become an obstacle in your day to day life. Hip bursitis occurs when the large bursa on the outside of the hip, where the hip bone meets the high bone, becomes inflamed.

Hip bursitis tends to cause tenderness and pain on the outer side of the hip. As symptoms progress, pain may radiate down the outside of the thigh and occasionally to the buttock, groin, and low back. A person with hip bursitis find it difficult to walk, climb upstairs, lie down on the side of the affected hip, move around or get up from a chair, especially after sitting for a long time.

Researchers believe that hip bursitis is the result of another problem affecting the hip such as a damaged tendon or muscle.

Symptoms of hip bursitis
Pain at the outside of the lower part of the hip is the most common symptom of hip bursitis. The pain is sharp and intense in nature. The pain usually becomes worse especially after a prolonged activity such as sleeping or being seated for a while. The pain can elevate after repetitive hip movements such as jogging, walking or stair climbing. Hip bursitis becomes tender and people often experience a sudden and sharp pain when they try to lie down on the affected side of the hip. Initially, the pain may affect only the outside of the lower hip. However, over time the pain may radiate down the outside of the thigh or to the other points of the body such as lower back, groin or buttock. Some people with hip bursitis, if the bursa is infected, they may also feel tired, feverish and sick. They may also feel the skin is warm to touch and red at the hip.

The treatment usually aims at any joint location, controlling the inflammation of the bursa. Patients with hip bursitis are usually given antibiotics, non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and corticosteroid injections based on the location and severity of the condition. Applying ice or a cold pack is also recommended especially after any exercise or activity that may inflame the hip bursa. Combining treatment with the help of medications, some self-care tips, and physical therapy may benefit and may reduce the inflammation and pain. Most people find relief by doing these things.

In very rare cases, the surgery may needed to treat challenging cases of chronic hip bursitis.

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