Various Methods Used for Hip Bursitis Treatment

Various Methods Used for Hip Bursitis Treatment

Hip Bursitis is a type of inflammation oriented condition that affects the hips and can cause a lot of pain and stiffness. Certain types of injuries or overuse can lead to hip bursitis. If you have been affected by this condition, the doctor may try out a number of different methods that are typically associated with hip bursitis treatment.

Here are some of the treatment methods that are normally associated with hip bursitis.

Aspiration for draining the bursa:

In case the hip bursa has already swollen significantly, the doctor may strongly recommend draining or aspirating the bursa with the help of a needle. If it is eventually carried out, a cortisone injection is going to be administered during the procedure as well.

NSAIDs or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs:

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen and cox-2 inhibitors can help in dipping the inflammation and swelling, thereby alleviating any pains that are associated with your case of hip bursitis.

Corticosteroid injections:

The symptoms that were not treated successfully with NSAIDs, rest, and/or physical therapy can be eased with corticosteroid injections. As the affected bursa is located well beneath the surface of the skin, your doctor may choose to use ultrasound technology to help properly guide the injection.

Antibiotics:

If you have been affected by septic trochanteric bursitis, then it should be treated immediately with antibiotics. The doctor may try to evaluate which microorganism is responsible for the infection before choosing the specific antibiotic for your case. Most individuals with septic bursitis can be treated effectively with oral antibiotics. However, critical cases are usually managed with hospitalization and intravenously delivered antibiotics.

Physical therapy:

The doctor may prescribe different types of physical therapy for strengthening and stretching the hip muscles that can in turn help to manage the current bursitis as well as reduce the chances for future instances of bursitis.

Surgery:

Although in most cases surgery is not required, a doctor may still opt for surgery if your case proves to be particularly challenging or chronic. Some of the standard surgical procedures used for treating hip bursitis are mentioned below. The specific type of surgery that will be chosen by your doctor will depend on a number of factors and the symptoms in general.

Bursectomy:

With a conventional bursectomy procedure, an incision is created at the hip to remove the affected bursa. Some doctors may perform arthroscopic bursectomy to lower the risks of complications as well as for limiting the overall healing period.

Osteotomy of greater trochanter:

Osteotomy involves the surgical cutting of the bone. The surgeon is going to remove around 5 mm to 10 mm of the greater trochanter bone that has been protruding out. Such an adjustment can minimize the stress and friction associated with the hip pain.

Repair of tendon with iliotibial band release:

If your case of hip bursitis has been caused by issues with the iliotibial band, the responsible tendons may be surgically repaired and re attached to the greater trochanter. An Iliotibial band release can help to reduce friction and pain.


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