Bursitis of the Hip | Treatment


How is hip bursitis treated?

Treatment for bursitis usually involves resting the joint as much as possible. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (brand names: Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (brand name: Aleve) can be used to relieve pain and swelling. You also may want to use an ice pack on the area to reduce swelling. During this time, be sure to avoid activities that make symptoms worse.

Your doctor may recommend exercising the area once your pain decreases. This helps prevent muscle atrophy. Ask your doctor about exercises to help build strength in the area. If your bursitis is affecting your ability to function normally, you may need physical therapy to help you move again. This is especially true for people who have chronic bursitis.

If these treatments don’t help, you may need to have fluid taken out of the bursa or receive steroid shots to reduce pain and swelling. Steroid shots are usually very effective in treating bursitis. You may need another shot after a few months.

Surgery is rarely needed to treat bursitis. It is only used when all other treatments fail. For people who do need surgery, it is a simple procedure. The doctor removes the bursa from the hip. The hip can function normally without the bursa. Usually, the surgery doesn’t require a long hospital stay and the recovery period is short.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

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