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HIP PAIN - BURSITIS Treatment - Part Three

Other Treatment Options for Hip Bursitis

When home treatment is not enough to eliminate hip bursitis then it’s time to consider medical treatment options. Follow the medical advice of your doctor for the best outcomes.

Cortisone Injection

A cortisone injection is a powerful anti-inflammatory medication that is injected directly into the bursa. The medication can reduce pain and swelling right at the site of the irritation. Relief can be either temporary or permanent. If the pain does return you can have repeated cortisone injections but your doctor will likely have a limit on how many are safe for your situation.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy uses sound waves to encourage the rebuilding of cells. This stimulates the body’s own healing process and can break down damaged tissue and calcifications in the affected area. Your doctor and physical therapist can discuss the specifics of how this treatment can be used for your hip bursitis pain.


Hip surgery is reserved for people who do not find relief from other treatments. Your surgeon will perform a physical exam of the area and may order diagnostic imaging like an x-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Once your surgeon has all the information he or she needs they will discuss the benefits and risks of surgery. The most common surgery for hip bursitis is arthroscopic removal of the bursa. It is a less invasive surgery that can be done on an outpatient basis.

How to Prevent Hip Bursitis

While you may never be able to completely prevent hip bursitis, there are multiple strategies you can implement to decrease the likelihood of developing this condition. Check them out below.

Correct Exercise Technique

Avoid strenuous movements that place excess strain and stress on your hips. Make sure to maintain proper form when exercising, don’t sacrifice form for longer workouts. Certain exercises like running, weight lifting, and cycling should be avoided until you are pain free.

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