Throughout the body, your joints are cushioned by small fluid-filled sacs called bursae. Healthy bursae help create a smooth gliding between bone and muscle, but when they become inflammed, moving your hip joint becomes painful.
The rounded outer edge of your femur is called the greater trochanter. The greater trochanter has a particularly large bursa to enable your hip to move. Inflammation of this large bursa, or bursitis, is often brought on through repetitive movement, such as running, cycling, or even standing.
Bursitis can also be the result of an injury, arthritis, and bone spurs that irritate the bursae with inflammation. It is also frequently a consequence of an awkward gait, especially if one of your legs is shorter than the other.
Many people with hip bursitis can experience relief with simple lifestyle changes, including avoiding the activities that worsen symptoms, temporarily using a walking cane or crutches, or the use of anti-inflammatory medicines.
Injection of a steroid medicine may also alleviate your bursitis. This simple and effective treatment can be done in your doctor’s office.