What is the treatment for hip bursitis?


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Hip bursitis is usually treated by resting the affected joint, applying ice packs and taking medications to reduce pain and inflammation according to MedicineNet. Severe cases may require aspiration to remove fluid accumulation from the bursa and cortisone injections into the bursa to quickly relieve symptoms. If a bacterial infection is present, antibiotics are necessary.

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Bursae are fluid-filled sacs located between bones and tendons at joints to ease movement. Inflammation of one or more of the hip bursae causes hip bursitis. In addition to rest, ice and anti-inflammatory medications, weight loss, stretching, regular exercise and proper footwear help relieve bursitis symptoms, according to MedicineNet. Physical therapy is sometimes prescribed. Patients with bursitis should avoid exercise involving hills or stairs, as well as exercise machines that mimic hills and stairs. They should also avoid sleeping in a position that puts pressure on the painful area.

MedicineNet maintains that septic bursitis, which involves infection, is rare in the hip bursae. Treatment for septic bursitis begins with aspiration, in which the doctor removes fluid from the bursa. The fluid is analyzed to discover the organism causing the infection. Then antibiotics are prescribed to treat the specific infection. Antibiotics may be given intravenously. Repeat aspirations are often required, and in rare cases, the bursa needs to be drained surgically.

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