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Hip Bursitis Physiotherapy
Hip bursitis is a painful condition that affects 15% of women and 8.5%
of men of all ages in the United States and tends to affect more patients in middle-aged and elderly age range.
Hip bursitis can have many
causes, but the most common is a repetitive activity, such as walking or
running on an uneven surface, which creates friction in the hip area.
Athletes often develop hip bursitis after running up and down hills
It can also be caused by abnormal walking, such
as limping, due to an uneven leg length, or arthritis in the back, hip,
knee, or other joints in the leg...or even without any
Hip pain physical therapy can be an effective treatment for hip
What is Hip Bursitis?
Hip bursitis (also called trochanteric bursitis) occurs when one or
both of the 2 hip bursae (fluid-filled sacs on the side of the hip) become
- irritated or
Bursitis (“-itis” means “inflammation
of”) means the bursa has become irritated and inflamed, usually causing
pain. Normally, the bursa acts as a shock-absorbing cushion for muscles and tendons that
are close to it.
However, certain positions, motions, or disease processes can
cause constant friction or stress on the bursa, leading to the
development of bursitis. When the bursa becomes injured, those muscles
and tendons don’t glide smoothly over it, and they can become painful.
Hip bursitis can be caused by:
- Repetitive motions (running up and down hills or stairs)
- Muscle weakness
- Incorrect posture
- Direct trauma (being hit or falling on the side of the hip)
- Differences in the length of each leg
- Hip surgery or replacement
- Bone spurs in the hip
- Diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriasis, or thyroid disease
- Muscles or tendons in the hip area rubbing the bursa and causing irritation
How Does hip bursitis Feel like?
With hip bursitis, you may experience:
- Pain on the outer side of the hip, thigh, buttock, or outside of the leg
- Pain when you push on the outer side of the hip with your fingers
- Pain when lying on the affected hip
- Pain when climbing stairs
- Pain that worsens when getting up from sitting, such as from a low chair or car seat
- Pain when walking or running
- Pain when lifting the leg up to the side
- Pain when sitting with legs crossed
How Is It Diagnosed?
If you see our senior physiotherapist first, we will
conduct a thorough evaluation that includes taking your health history. We also will ask you detailed questions about your
condition, such as:
- How and when did you notice the pain?
- Have you been performing any repetitive activity?
- Did you receive a direct hit to the hip or fall on it?
We will perform special tests to help determine
the likelihood that you have hip bursitis. We will
gently press on the outer side of the hip to see if it is painful to the
touch, and may use additional tests to determine if other parts of your
hip are injured. We also will observe how you are
We will test and screen for other, more serious
conditions that could cause lateral hip pain.
To provide a definitive
diagnosis, we may collaborate with an orthopedic
physician or other health care provider, who may order further tests
(eg, an x-ray) to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other damage to the
hip, such as a hip fracture.
how our senior physiotherapists can help
We will work with you to design a specific
treatment program that will speed your recovery, including exercises and
treatments that you can do at home. Our goals for physiotherapy will help you
return to your normal lifestyle and activities as soon as you can.
The time it takes to
heal the condition varies, but results can be achieved in 4 to 8 weeks
or less, when a proper stretching and strengthening program is
During the first 24 to 48 hours following your diagnosis, we may advise you to:
- Rest the area by avoiding walking or any activity that causes pain.
- Apply cold therapy to the area for 15 to 20 minutes every 2 hours.
- Consult with a physician for further services, such as medication or diagnostic tests.
We will work with you to:
Reduce Pain and Swelling
If repetitive activities
have caused the hip bursitis, we will help you
understand how to avoid or modify your activities to allow healing to
begin. We may use different types of treatments and
technologies to control and reduce your pain and swelling, including
We will choose
specific activities and treatments to help restore normal movement in
the hip and leg. These might begin with "passive" motions that the we do for you to gently move your hip joint, and
progress to active exercises and stretches that you do yourself.
determine if any leg or spinal muscles are tight, help you to stretch
them, and teach you how to stretch them.
Hip bursitis is often related to
weak or injured hip muscles. Certain exercises will aid healing at each
stage of recovery; we will choose and teach you the
correct exercises and equipment to steadily restore your strength and
These may include using
- cuff weights
- stretch bands
- weight-lifting equipment
- cardio-exercise equipment, such as
treadmills or stationary bicycles
Regaining your sense of balance is
important after an injury. We will teach you
exercises to improve your balance skills.
Return to Activities
discuss your activity goals with you and use them to set your work,
sport, and home-life recovery goals. Your treatment program will help
you reach your goals in the safest, fastest, and most effective way
possible.We will teach you
- sport-specific techniques and drills that
match your lifestyle.
Accelerate Recovery Time
We are trained and experienced in choosing the best treatments and exercises to
help you safely heal, return to your normal lifestyle, and reach your
goals faster than you are likely to do on your own.
If Surgery Is Necessary
Surgery is not commonly required for hip bursitis. However, if
corrective surgery is needed, you will follow a recovery program over several weeks
guided by our senior physiotherapist. We will help
you minimize pain, regain motion and strength, and return to normal
activities in the safest and speediest manner possible.
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Sports and deep tissue release massage helps to increase nutrient-rich blood
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At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough
assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to
help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.
Follow up sessions are inline to provide
expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific
exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term
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