Hip Bursitis

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Hip bursitis is caused by an inflammation of the bursa, or bursae that surround the hip joint. A bursa is a small fluid-filled sack that works as a cushion preventing friction between the bone and the soft tissues (muscles and tendons) that surround the area. There are two major bursae of the hip and those are the trochanteric bursa and the ischial bursa. The trochanteric bursa is located on the side of the hip and the ischial bursa is closer to the sit bones. Inflammation of either may cause stiffness, pain and discomfort around the hip joint.

In terms of pain and tenderness, for trochanteric bursitis, one might have pain and tenderness on the outer hip and thigh, with a tell-tale sign of difficulty lying on the affected side. This often causes issues when trying to sleep. Activities that cause flare ups might be walking, stair climbing, and general exercise.

Ischial bursitis can cause a dull pain in the upper buttock area and might be especially noticeable for someone when walking uphill. The pain can also occur or be made worse from sitting on hard surfaces.

Basic home remedies include stretching, ice, rest, weight loss, and wearing good quality footwear. People with hip bursitis might also avoid exercise machines such as stair climbers and incline treadmills until symptoms are no longer present.

When treating hip bursitis at our clinic, we will work to determine the cause of the pain and discomfort.  Muscle imbalances, compromised movement patterns, and basic overuse of the area may all be contributing factors.

Active Release Techniques can be helpful in treating your condition of bursitis. IMS or Graston Technique are other techniques that might be prescribed as needed.


ART® is a patented soft tissue system that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. It is an advanced system of diagnosis and manual treatment for soft tissue disorders resulting from repetitive strain, postural strain, a sport injury, general wear and tear.

Tension headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, golfer or  tennis elbow, back pain, sciatica, rotator cuff syndrome, tendinosis, frozen shoulder, knee pain, hip pain, and most sports injuries are some of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly, and often permanently, with ART®. These conditions all have one important thing in common; they usually result from injury to over-used muscles.

If you are experiencing pain in the hip or limitations in your hip movement, contact us today as Active Release Techniques may be able to help. It is important to have this condition properly diagnosed to ensure you have the right treatment plan. For example, in some cases ischial bursitis mimics a high hamstring tendinopathy and the courses of treatment would be considerably different.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]