Hip bursitis is a condition where the small sacs of fluid that help lubricate the hip joints, called bursae, become inflamed. This causes issues like pain and limited mobility that require treatment. It can sometimes be difficult to distinguish bursitis from other forms of hip pain, which is why it’s so important to see a qualified professional for diagnosis and treatment.
To help you be as informed as possible with your treatment process, we’re providing the following guide to help you identify some of the common indicators of hip pain related to bursitis. As you take some time to read this over, feel free to reach out to a member of our caring and dedicated team if you have any questions.
Signs and symptoms of hip bursitis
Patients diagnosed with hip bursitis usually deal with the following issues:
- Aches and stiffness — Inflamed bursae can affect the connective tissue and nerves around the hip, leading to movement problems and pain.
- Soreness to the touch — If pain worsens when putting pressure on your hip, it can be an indicator of bursitis.
- Swelling and redness in the hip — If the area becomes visibly swollen and red, you should seek treatment before the condition worsens.
Not seeking early and prompt treatment for bursitis can lead to the condition worsening, causing more severe symptoms such as fever, severe pain and immobility.
How can physical therapy help with hip bursitis?
Physical therapists are highly qualified to help patients dealing with many causes of hip pain, including bursitis. After evaluating issues like posture and mechanics that may be contributing to bursitis, a therapist can help you develop a treatment plan that includes options like manual therapy, joint mobilization, cupping, and strengthening and stability exercises. The goal is to relieve pain and inflammation while improving range of motion and mobility. Your therapist can also provide instructions on at-home treatments such as hot and cold therapy that can help relieve symptoms.
At Continuum Wellness, our caring team of therapists have decades of combined experience helping patients dealing with bursitis and other causes of hip pain. To learn more about our full range of treatment options, contact us today. We’ll be happy to help you schedule your initial appointment.