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Other Conditions


Lt Col Jerman
Certain conditions or diseases can lead to hip pain, including bursitis and osteoarthritis. Dr. Patel, can you tell us about these conditions?

Dr. Patel
Sure, Dr. Jerman. One condition that can cause hip pain is bursitis, which is inflammation of one of the fluid-filled sacs that cushion the hip joint. There are two major bursal sacs in the hip that are typically affected by bursitis: the greater trochanter bursa and the iliopsoas bursa. The greater trochanter bursa covers the bony point of the hipbone, and the iliopsoas bursa is located on the inside of the hip. Bursitis can be caused by disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, or by athletic activities that overuse the hip joint.

Bursitis in the hip can be treated simply by avoiding the kinds of activities that cause pain. Other treatments may include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, the use of a walking cane or crutches as needed, and in some cases, injection of a corticosteroid to relieve pain. In rare cases, surgery may be done to remove the affected bursa.

Osteoarthritis is another disease that can cause pain and limited motion. It’s sometimes called "wear-and-tear" arthritis and commonly develops when people are middle aged or older. Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint in the body, but it most often develops in weight-bearing joints like the hip.