Bursitis Hip Relief what you can do for the pain

Bursitis hip relief

This article will answer all your questions about Bursitis hip relief, if you suffer from hip bursitis pain there are a number of things you can do so that hip bursitis doesn’t last forever.

What is bursitis?

Bursitis is a very painful condition impacts the bursae, these are fluid filled sacs that act as a cushion for bones, tendons and the muscles close to the joints.

The bursa become inflamed this is called bursitis, it occurs mainly in the shoulders, hips or elbows, it is less commonly found in the knees, heels and big toes.

Why does bursitis occur

Bursitis happens most frequently close to joints that are used frequently for example the shoulder, hips and knees, this type of repetitive action can cause wear and tear of the cartilage surrounding the joints.

Typically, the recommended treatment is REST! by that I mean resting the joints that are affected to keep it from further inflammation.

By resting the affected joint, you give the inflammation time to calm down, however in a lot of cases flare ups occur leading to more hip bursitis pain.


Hip bursitis causesWhat causes bursitis?

Too much friction, another condition or a trauma can aggravate the synovium (synovial membrane) the soft tissue lining the spaces of the diarthrodial joints, the tendons, sheaths and bursae.

When the synovium becomes inflamed it will thicken producing an oversupply of synovial fluid leading to symptoms like warmth, skin redness, localized swelling, pain and tenderness.

There are more than 160 bursae in our bodies but only a few of them typically cause bursitis, the most common areas for this to happen is in the shoulder, hip, knee and elbow, less frequently so in the heel, wrist, buttocks & big toe.

List of main causes hip bursitis

  • Repetitive use or stress on the hip
  • Pseudo gout
  • Gout
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Injury to the hip
  • Hip infection
  • Uneven legs
  • Scoliosis
  • Bony growths on the hip

Main symptoms

The main symptoms are joint pain and tenderness, other symptoms include

  • Swelling & warmth around the joint
  • Early sharp pain
  • Dull ache later
  • Pain noticeable when arising from a chair or bed
  • Noticeable pain when standing for a long time in the same position
  • Hip pain lying down in bed

Hip bursitis two types

There are two types of hip bursitis acute and chronic, hip acute bursitis normally flares up over a few hours or days.

Chronic bursitis may last anywhere from several days to several weeks. Acute bursitis may turn chronic if it comes back or should there be an injury to the hip.

Typically, chronic bursitis will disappear and reappear again. Over a period, the bursa becomes thick making the swelling worse, this limits the joint movement weakens the muscles in that area (atrophy)

Hip bursitis diagnosis

A visit to your doctor will reveal the condition by twisting your leg in different directions to establish when you have the pain and where. You may have to go to hospital for an x Ray or an MRI to confirm the condition.

In my case the X ray showed that I had about 50% loss in the cartilage surrounding the hip joint, the doctor explained that this occurred from wear and tear (too many football matches) so wear and tear on the cartilage can also cause bursitis hip pain.

How to find bursitis hip relief

As I stated earlier the first method to get bursitis hip relief is to rest, I realize that people have to work so getting enough rest for bursitis hip relief may be difficult, the second hip bursitis relief is a course of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs also known as NSAID’s. 

According to this  study of 199 participants who use NSAID’s they were not aware that NSAID drugs  may increase their chances of stomach bleeding, gastritis and higher blood pressure.

The most common of these are Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and Naproxen (Aleve) these drugs are designed to relieve the swelling and pain.

The third option is to use an icepack put it over the affected hip to reduce the pain and swelling.

As the swelling and pain subside your doctor may advise you to do some strengthening exercises on that leg to prevent atrophy or muscle wastage.

This also helps to strengthen the muscles surrounding the hip.

Surgery for hip bursitis

In rare cases surgery of the hip may be required, it is a relatively simple procedure where the surgeon cuts open the affected area and removes the bursa. Recovery time usually takes about two weeks.

What is the best bursitis in the hip natural remedy?

In my experience you need to use a natural product that will get straight to the problem that is causing the hip pain, the main issue is the inflammation causing the pain in your hip.

I found that this natural enzyme got rid of my chronic hip bursitis pain within a few short months of starting the treatment.

Hip exercises

Managing bursitis of the hip

Chronic hip bursitis isn’t pleasant, I should know, if you suffer from chronic hip bursitis every day and night you could try the following for bursitis hip relief.

  • Do stretch exercises each day to minimize flare up
  • Stretches will help to increase motion
  • Try to stay away from activities that will cause hip pain
  • Try not to do repetitive hip motion (easier said than done)
  • If you have a flare up, rest otherwise the inflammation will continue