Dear hip bursitis, I hate you.

If you haven’t already guessed, my hip bursitis is back.


The crazy thing is, I woke up with it this morning… as in, I was completely fine yesterday!

Crazy, right?!?

I know! My body is so weird.

Did you think I was kidding when I said I get injured a lot?

Yeah, I wasn’t.


Do you know what hip bursitis is? It’s pretty common among runners, so I will enlighten you today.

It’s your lucky day!

Hip bursitis is a common problem that causes pain over the outside of the upper thigh. A bursa is a fluid filled sac that allows smooth motion between two uneven surfaces. When the bursal sac becomes inflamed, each time the tendon has to move over the bone, pain results. Because patients with hip bursitis move this tendon with each step, hip bursitis symptoms can be quite painful.

Hip bursitis can be associated with different types of patients:

  • Athletes: Hip bursitis is commonly seen in runners or athletes who participate in running-oriented sports (e.g. soccer, football, etc.).
  • Injuries: Hip bursitis is sometimes associated with patients who fall onto their upper thigh, causing a so-called traumatic bursitis. The symptoms are similar to a hip pointer.


Diagnosis of Hip Bursitis

The diagnosis of hip bursitis is made most reliably on physical examination. The most common symptoms of hip bursitis include:

  • Tenderness over the bony prominence of the upper/outer thigh (CHECK!)
  • Swelling over the bursa. (CHECK!)


How to treat Hip Bursitis

The best treatment for hip bursitis, or any form of bursitis, is aimed at controlling the inflammation caused by this condition. The general treatment of hip bursitis consists of:

  • Rest. This usually means a period of time not participating in sports or activities that aggravate your symptoms.
  • Anti-inflammatory Medications. Anti-inflammatory medications (e.g. Motrin, Aleve, Naprosyn, etc.) will help control the inflammation associated with hip bursitis.
  • Ice the Injury. Icing the area of hip bursitis often helps to alleviate the symptoms of hip bursitis.

Once the initial symptoms are controlled, some physical therapy strengthening and stretching exercises may be helpful.


  • Stretching. Most patients find relief with stretching of the muscles and tendons that are found over the outside of the hip, specifically the iliotibial band. The idea is that a better conditioned muscle and tendon will glide more easily and not cause hip bursitis.
  • Physical Therapy. Working with a physical therapist is a useful treatment adjunct for patients with hip bursitis. Not only can the therapist help develop a proper stretching and exercise program, but they can use modalities such as ultrasound which may be helpful as well.

There you go my friends, you are now in the hip bursitis know.

I have iced it, taken some ibuprofen, said a few prayers and taped it with KT Tape.

Wish me luck…




18 thoughts on “Dear hip bursitis, I hate you.

  1. Jennifer says:

    Hope you feel better! I remember asking your advice on this on another of your posts,and I’m still struggling with this. Went to a PT appointment,and the exercises and stretching seemed to flare it up more. Such a frustrating injury!


    • ratherberunnin says:

      Yes, I remember that! I personally just kept icing it and it eventually went away. I am not thrilled that it came back though. I am adding KT and a foam roller to the recoup process now. Good luck my injured twin.


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