Proper hip bursitis treatment focuses on reducing the inflammation of the bursa. Bursae (plural form of bursa) are gel-filled sacs found throughout the body in between soft tissues and bones. They protect the joint from the friction created by movement. If you are experiencing hip pain related to bursitis then keep reading to learn more about this condition and how you can treat it at home or with the help of your doctor.
For the majority of people who have hip bursitis, they are able to treat it in the comfort of their own home. Below are home treatments that you can use to reduce the pain and swelling associated with this condition.
Ice and Heat Application
Bursitis of the hip can make just about any activity that involves movement painful. Placing an ice pack on the outside of the hip for 20 minutes at a time can help numb the pain and reduce any swelling in the affected area. Additionally, heat can be used to loosen tight muscles and soothe soreness. We recommend starting off with ice, especially if there is visible swelling. While heat can be relaxing, the warmth will encourage blood flow to the area and can increase swelling. Avoid keeping ice and heat on your skin for long periods of time to prevent skin injury.
Hip Stretches and Exercises
People with hip bursitis can find pain relief with stretching and exercise. Stretching will loosen the muscles around the hip, particularly the ones over the hip. Over time you will improve your range of motion and flexibility. Exercising will strengthen the surrounding hip muscles, legs, and lower back which can support the hip joint. Take it slowly, and stop if you feel sharp pain.