Hip Bursitis Treatment Exercises

Updated February 21, 2017

Bursitis is caused by the inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs that cushion the joints. Several of these sacs are located in the hip and can become damaged by multiple, small injuries; differences in leg length; arthritis; standing too long with weight on one hip; or a fall.


Many common exercises can actually aggravate bursitis. Perform them only after consulting a doctor or physical therapist. Physiotherapy can increase blood flow to the hip, while stretching supporting tissues to relieve pressure on the bursae.

Stretching Exercises

Stretching the hip may help relieve symptoms of bursitis. By performing simple hip stretches, such as sitting on the floor with your legs spread and grabbing your ankles, supporting tissues can be loosened. Also try lying on your back and drawing your knees toward your chest. Wrap your arms around your knees and pull them toward your chest to stretch your hips.

Pilates leg stretches and leg kicks may help.

Some people suffer from bursitis because of muscular weakness. If this is the case, work with your doctor to find exercises to strengthen the weak muscle or muscles. In many cases, something as simple as a resistance band may be enough to give the muscles a workout.

Other Ways of Relieving Symptoms

You may get temporary relief by taking Tylenol and icing the hip. Icing can reduce swelling and pressure on the bursae. Try sleeping on your back or stomach, rather than on the affected side. Most important is to rest your hip and to not perform tasks that initially irritated the bursae.

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