Recovery time for hip bursitis

Updated April 13, 2017

Hip bursitis occurs when the jellylike sac, called a bursa, becomes inflamed. This sac normally contains fluid and acts as a cushion between bones and tissue, which helps reduce the impact of movement and friction. In the hip, there is a bone that is called the trochanter, which is where the muscles that move the hip joint come together. When bursa that connects with this area becomes inflamed, it can cause pain in the hip, thigh and groin.

Normal cases of hip bursitis pain dissipate after a few weeks, but in some cases it can prevent one from participating in normal activities and cause pain or discomfort. The recovery time for hip bursitis often depends on what treatment options are available.

Hip Bursitis Causes

Hip bursitis normally occurs because of a fall or repeat movement, such as running, walking or moving the wrong way, which can cause friction in the joint. However, incorrect posture, especially because of spine problems or arthritis, can often make a person over compensate and put more pressure on the affected hip. Previous surgery, hip bone spurs or calcium deposits are also attributed to hip bursitis.

Non-Surgical Treatment for Hip Bursitis

Many people can recover quickly from hip bursitis by making small changes in their daily activities. Some physicians will recommend a period of avoiding activities that worsen symptoms, along with non-steroid medications to help control both inflammation and pain. For some patients, a cane or crutches for a week or more might be recommended depending on the severity. Physiotherapy and cortisone injections are sometimes used to help stretch the muscles and reduce pain.

Non-Surgical Recovery Time for Hip Bursitis

The recovery period for hip bursitis varies based on the person's healing ability, how activities are modified and the course of treatment. Many hip bursitis patients see results within a few weeks after they have reduced activities. Physiotherapy is normally conducted for approximately four to six weeks, while improvement is monitored by the physician. Those who receive cortisone injections may feel relief for several months before symptoms return.

Surgical Options for Hip Bursitis

Surgery is not normally needed for hip bursitis, but if it remains painful after the use of non-surgical treatment, the doctor may recommend that the bursa be surgically removed. In such a case, the bursa is removed arthroscopically, making it a minimally invasive treatment option.

Surgical Recovery Time for Hip Bursitis

Rehabilitation and recovery from hip bursitis surgery can be a slow process, although it is possible to be walking the day after surgery. For some, physiotherapy is needed for approximately two months after the surgery to control swelling, strengthen the muscles and relearn movement so that there is not friction. A full recovery after hip bursitis may take several months.

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Andrea Helaine has a Bachelor of Philosophy in theology and is currently finishing her thesis course for a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. Helaine has been writing professionally for over 10 years and has been published in several anthologies and is currently breaking into the screenwriting market.