Hip pain is something that millions of Americans suffer with every day. In a study done by The Journal of Family Practice, 14% of individuals over the age of 60 reported having hip pain on most days over the course of 6 weeks. The study concluded that race and gender can make a person more prone to hip pain.

Common reasons for hip pain include arthritis, bursitis, or an injury or fracture that didn’t heal correctly. Hip pain can also be difficult to properly identify because the hip is connected to many other parts of the body (femur, buttocks, torso). It’s important to take note of where specifically your hip pain is. Most people experience hip pain in the groin or on the outside of the hip, where the ball and socket meet.

Understanding where the pain comes from is the best way to not only receive a proper diagnosis but to make sure you get the treatment you need. For this blog post, we’ll be discussing hip bursitis symptoms, causes, and treatment options that are available. If you or someone you know continues to suffer from hip pain, schedule an appointment with us here.

Hip Bursitis

The hip is made up of small fluid-filled sacs known as bursae. They are positioned between bones and joints to act as cushioning. These small sacs can become inflamed through overuse or injury. Hip pain at the top of the joint accompanies the inflammation. A person with hip bursitis might feel a sharp pain when the pain first develops. Later, the pain will subside to a dull throb. Activities such as walking, running, climbing stairs, or lying on one side can make the pain worse.

Dr. Hicken will provide a thorough examination of the joint with x-rays and other tests to rule out any other possible pain sources.

Treatment Options

Depending on the severity of the pain, Dr. Hicken may recommend a few things:

  • Activity modification: This is typically the easiest for patients to do. For this treatment, Dr. Hicken recommends not running, walking for longer periods, and giving your body time to heal. Most bursitis cases can heal on their own when given the proper amount of time.
  • Pain and inflammation reducing medication. Dr. Hicken might recommend Ibuprofen, naproxen, piroxicam, celecoxib, and others to help relieve the pain and reduce inflammation. Be sure to talk with Dr. Hicken before taking any additional medications.
  • Physical therapy. Dr. Hicken recommends physical therapy to help increase hip flexibility and hip strength. A physical therapist will aid you in doing these exercises.
  • Surgical options: Most cases of bursitis don’t require surgery. If the bursa are still inflamed after all other options are exhausted, the bursa could be surgically removed. This procedure is known as a bursectomy


Although hip bursitis can’t always be prevented, there are a few things you can do to prevent the inflammation from getting worse.

  • Lose weight if you are overweight or obese
  • Avoid repetitive movement that could put stress on the hips
  • Maintain hip strength and flexibility

If you or someone you know continues to suffer from hip pain, schedule an appointment with us. 435-787-2000.