• Hip bursitis occurs when tiny, fluid-filled sacs between your hip bones and skin called bursa become inflamed. The result is pain and swelling, which requires treatment to remain mobile.


    Treatment for hip bursitis involves reducing the inflammation causing the discomfort. Relieving the pain associated with the condition is another goal of treatment to improve your comfort as you recover.


    Often, bursitis requires only rest and ice to relieve the inflammation. In some cases, using a cane while walking may also be necessary to keep weight off of your hip as you move, explains the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

    Types of Medications

    In most cases, the pain caused by bursitis in your hip responds to over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, ketoprofen or naproxen, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. More severe cases may benefit from injections of corticosteroid drugs into your hip, which suppresses your immune system functioning in order to alleviate inflammation.

    Time Frame

    Hip bursitis usually heals within a few weeks but may recur in the future and require repeated treatment, reports the Mayo Clinic.


    Infrequently hip bursitis does not respond to conventional treatment and requires surgical removal of the inflamed bursa. The procedure is generally performed on an outpatient basis and causes soreness for only a few days, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.


    Mayo Clinic: Bursitis

    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: Hip Bursitis

    U.S. National Library of Medicine: Bursitis

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