Burning Hip Pain

Written by cindi pearce | 13/05/2017
Burning Hip Pain
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Burning pain in your hip can be the result of bursitis. Generally, bursitis is a noninfectious condition that results from inflammation of the soft tissues in your body. Bursitis is the number one cause for burning pain in the hip.


The trochanteric bursa, a fluid-filled sac, is situated on the side of the hip. When bursitis strikes this area, it leads to tenderness and pain in the outer hip.

Weaver's Bottom

The ischial bursa is located in the upper buttocks area. When bursitis is present in this location you may notice a dull pain, particularly after sitting for a long time on a hard surface. This kind of pain is referred to as weaver’s bottom and tailor’s bottom, according to Arthritis-Treatment-and-Relief.com.


When climbing or descending stairs, you may experience burning pain in the outer hip as well as tenderness when lying on your hip if you have bursitis.

Expert Insight

The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons refers to burning thigh pain as meralgia paresthetica. This pain can spread across your hips and into the groin area and to the outer side of the knee. This burning pain can be the result of compression of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, which is one of the big sensory nerves in your leg.

Another Possibility

A condition called piriformis syndrome can also result in burning pain in the back of your hip. The pain can travel down your leg. This condition is the result of sciatic nerve irritation. The sciatic nerve passes through the piriformis muscle that is situated deep in your buttock. Inflammation of the sciatic nerve, which is referred to as sciatica, manifests in burning pain.

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