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Hip Bursitis

Bursitis is a condition caused by inflammation of one or both of the fluid-filled cushioning sacs of the hip bone. The pain is initially sharp and intense and later becomes more of a dull ache and spreads across a larger area of the hip. The pain may become worse when walking, stair climbing, or after being seated for a prolonged period.

Causes and risk factors

  • Overuse
  • Hip injury
  • Spine disease
  • Leg length inequality
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Previous surgery
  • Bone spurs or calcium deposit


Hip bursitis is usually treated without surgery. Many people experience relief with lifestyle changes such as:

  • Activity modification
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s)
  • Crutches/walking cane
  • Physical therapy
  • Steroid injection