Hip Bursitis Causes

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Jul 01

Hip bursitis causes pain many times and there are several possible causes of this condition. The human skeletal system is made up of bones and joints. Each joint of the body contains sacs which are filled with synovial fluid or joint fluid. Synovial fluid helps in the free and smooth movement of joints and is a constituent of the fluids of our body.

Bursitis is a disease which is caused when these sacs, also called bursae, are inflamed. This condition is also known as soft tissue rheumatic syndrome. Healthy bursae complement the smooth gliding of muscles over each other. They are located adjacent to the tendons and near the large joints such as the elbow, hip, shoulder etc. There are many types of bursitis, one of which is trochanteric bursitis, located over prominent bones such as the hip bone.

Hip Bursitis Causes

Now we come to the point of exactly how this disease is caused. Bursitis is commonly caused by the repetitive movement of a joint and excess pressure on it. This type of inflammation commonly affects the shoulder, elbow and knee.

Bursae can get inflamed from any injury, infection or because of some rheumatic condition. Overuse of the injured joint area and soft areas of the joints can cause different type of bursitis. Another cause of hip bursitis is a traumatic injury which increases the surface area for movement of bones and therefore the sacs get less space and burst out, causing bursitis.

The symptoms of bursitis are directly proportional to the level of the inflammation of bursa. The bursa which is inflamed can cause both localized pain and tenderness. If bursa is inflamed to a really large extent, then the bursitis causes local swelling and stiffness which is accompanied by redness and heat. The inflammation of the bursa makes the bursitis painful and so it causes great discomfort, but in some cases where the bursitis is not highly inflamed the pain is tender.

The treatment of any type of bursitis relies on whether the inflammation is caused because of infection or not. If that is not the case then it can be cured by treating it with ice, giving it rest and keeping the patient medicated with anti-inflammatory tablets or painkillers. Talk to your physical therapist to see what he or she may recommend as well as a course of treatment, or if you can benefit from physical therapy. If you suspect you are suffering from hip bursitis, contact us for an evaluation today.


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