Bursitis of the Hip | Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of hip bursitis?

Symptoms include joint pain and tenderness, swelling and warmth around the affected area. The pain is often sharp in the first few days, and dull and achy later. You may notice it more when getting out of a chair or bed, when sitting for a long time, and when sleeping on the affected side.

Acute bursitis usually flares over hours or days. Chronic bursitis can last from a few days to several weeks, and it can go away and come back again. Acute bursitis can become chronic if it come backs or if a hip injury occurs.

Over time, the bursa may become thick, which can make swelling worse. This can lead to limited movement and weakened muscles (called atrophy) in the area.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 11/09

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