Hip bursitis is a common cause of hip pain. Hip bursitis most commonly occurs when the large bursa on the outside of the hip joint, where the pelvic bone meets the top of the thigh bone, becomes inflamed. Trochanteric bursitis is one of the two most common forms of hip bursitis.
The recommended treatment for hip bursitis, or bursitis at any joint location, is usually aimed at controlling the inflammation of the bursa.
If hip bursitis stems from injury or overuse, rest and other remedies to relieve inflammation are usually successful. In cases of septic bursitis, in which the bursa is infected, antibiotics also must be used to prevent the spread of infection.
It is important to wait until all hip bursitis symptoms are gone before resuming regular activities. Returning to activities that cause friction or stress on the bursa before it is healed will likely cause hip bursitis symptoms to flare up again.
Rest and activity modification. People with hip bursitis should avoid activities that will aggravate and inflame the bursa, which may include sports and/or standing for long periods of time.