Hip Bursitis

Introduction

Hip bursitis occurs when there is an inflammation of the bursa. Bursae are located in the hip and are small, jelly like sacs that contain a small amount of fluid and are positioned between the bones and soft tissue, acting as a cushion to help reduce friction in the joints.

The hip contains two major bursae that can become irritated and inflamed. One of the bursa, the greater trochanter, is located over the bony point of the hip bone. When this bursa becomes inflamed it is called trochanteric bursitis. The other bursa in the hip is called the iliopsoas bursa, and is located on the inside of the groin area and is often referred to as hip bursitis. This condition is less common than trochanteric bursitis.

To aid in preventing hip bursitis people can try to avoid repetitive activities that put stress on the hips, get properly fitting shoe and/or orthotic inserts and maintain strength and flexibility in the hip muscles.

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