Hip Bursitis Treatment at New Jersey Sports Medicine in Freehold, NJ
Hip bursitis is a condition that affects a bursa in a hip joint. These small sacs of fluid are positioned between bone and muscle or bone and tendon to help reduce joint friction. A bursa can become irritated and inflamed due to repetitive abrasion from an activity like running, or from a direct impact, such as a fall onto a hip. A telltale sign is pain in an outer hip or buttock. The experienced orthopedists at New Jersey Sports Medicine in Freehold, NJ, offer a full range of treatment options for hip bursitis and other musculoskeletal conditions.
When hip bursitis pain flares, it’s important to rest. Continued activity can worsen the inflammation and delay healing. In the meantime, cold therapy can help reduce swelling and alleviate pain. In general, an ice pack can be applied to a painful area for ten minutes approximately three or four times daily. When the pain subsides, it’s best to resume activities slowly. For instance, as an alternative to running on rugged terrain, jogging on a flat, even surface can reduce pressure on an inflamed bursa and help prevent recurrence.
If further hip bursitis treatment is necessary, the hip specialists at New Jersey Sports Medicine in Freehold can provide:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- An X-ray or MRI to determine whether a bone spur has formed
- Physical therapy to address any muscle imbalances that may be contributing to the pain
- Custom orthotic insoles to address poor foot biomechanics
- Drainage of excess fluid from an inflamed bursa
- Corticosteroid injections for severe pain
The goal of any rehabilitation program for hip bursitis is to reduce pain and inflammation in the hip, identify and address any contributing factors, and return a patient to activity. Specifically, some common causes of this type of bursitis are overpronation (flat feet that roll inward), weak hip abductors, overly tight muscles in the buttocks, and leg length differences.
If you are experiencing pain associated with hip bursitis, you are encouraged to see an orthopedic specialist right away. Why not turn to the sports medicine professionals at New Jersey Sports Medicine in Freehold, NJ? Many of us are athletes ourselves, so you can feel confident that we know your game, the specific injuries that are common to your particular sport, and the treatment options that lead to the most successful outcomes.