Hip Bursitis Treatment and Prevention

Ironically, the term hip bursitis might not be a household term, and people who have not been afflicted might not be familiar with it; but what they don’t know is that when they start to feel pain in the hips, bursitis would be the most probable cause. In fact, the disease occurs in 15 percent of women and 10 percent of men. The gnawing pain that you currently feel in your hips might be caused by bursitis. So let’s get to know the disease better because someday you might find yourself afflicted with it given its prevalence. Here are some facts about the disease from causes to hip bursitis treatment:


1)      What is hip bursitis? To understand the condition, there is a need to dissect the term. Bursitis comes from two combining words bursa and itis. Bursa refers to the sac-like part of the body, which separates two moving surfaces such as bones and tendons. It is filled with fluid that reduces the friction of the two surfaces. Itis, on the other hand, refers to the condition of being inflamed. When you have hip bursitis, it can either be in two of the bursae, the trochanteric or the ischial bursae.


2)      What causes hip bursitis? Inflammation is actually a defensive mechanism of the body to speed up healing. During such, the proteins and others needed in the repair   of the affected part seep in the area via the vascular fluid.

Generally, there are two major causes of hip bursitis. One is when there is injury to the bursa and is referred to as aseptic bursitis. This is common to athletes and those that suffer traumatic falls. The other is when there is bacterial invasion of the area and is called septic bursitis.       


3)      What are the different hip bursitis treatment modalities? The type of treatment indicated usually depends on the cause and is geared toward alleviation of signs and symptoms.

For aseptic bursitis, it usually can be managed through ice compress and regular intake of medications such as anti-inflammatory and analgesic.  These drugs will reduce the inflammation and then the pain, respectively, enough for the person to resume activities of daily living that were disrupted from having the bursitis. If this combination of treatments does not work, the person is indicated to have the fluid in the bursa aspirated under the capable hands of a surgeon. It is also during this time that cortisone is injected to help reduce if not alleviate the swelling.

For septic bursitis, since it is the invasion of the bacteria that is causing the inflammation, giving of antibiotics is the main hip bursitis treatment used.   


4)      How can hip bursitis be prevented? When the inflammation subsides, the person needs to undergo physical therapy to keep the function of the hips, reduce the recurrence, and maintain optimum health. The person is also told to avoid physically exerting and straining the hips. Wearing of comfortable footwear is also a must during the course of the disease and even thereafter.  

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