Hip bursitis facts
- A bursa (bursae=plural) is a fluid-filled sac that functions as a gliding surface to reduce friction between moving tissues of the body.
- There are two major bursae of the hip.
- Bursitis, or inflammation of a bursa, is usually not infectious, but the bursa can become infected.
- Treatment of noninfectious bursitis includes rest, ice, and medications for inflammation and pain. Infectious bursitis (uncommon) is treated with antibiotics, aspiration, and surgery.
- Bursitis of the hip is the most common cause of hip pain.
- Trochanteric bursitis frequently causes tenderness of the outer hip.
- Ischial bursitis can cause dull pain in the upper buttock area.