HIP BURSITIS

Hip Bursitis is a form of hip pain caused by inflammation of a bursa (a fluid-filled sac that functions as a gliding surface to reduce friction between moving tissues of the body).  Bursitis of the hip is the most common cause of hip pain.

Symptoms you may be experiencing:

  • pain when lying on the affected side, particularly at the bony point of the hip where it makes contact with the bed
  • pain extending to the outside of the thigh area, in some cases
  • tenderness of the outer hip and/or dull pain in the upper buttock area
  • pain may be worse at night, when getting up from a chair or after prolonged walking, stair climbing or squatting

Initial care - things to try at home:

  • avoid lying on the painful side
  • put a pillow between knees when lying on the non-painful side
  • avoid exercise that causes pain

Our approach to solving your problem:

  1. Functional testing, palpation assessment and range of motion testing (like an Ober's test) is used to assess hip bursitis.
  2. By loosening the muscles that put pressure on the area, ie. the greater trochanter of the hip, the bursa will settle down.
  3. Exercises will be given to strengthen the tendon that runs over the top of the bursa as the pain experienced with hip bursitis can often be from an irritated tendons.

We will then create a management plan specific to you to:

  1. help settle the pain;
  2. address the causative factors;
  3. get you back to the activities that you enjoy!

If you would like one of our Soft Tissue Therapists to help resolve your Hip Bursitis, give us a call on 9894 2463 or book online to make an appointment.