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Nagging Thigh or Hip Pain? What to Do for Your Bursitis

Do you tend to bump the car door shut with your hip? Don’t be surprised if your bursa complains.

Bursae are small sacs of fluid cushioning the bones, tendons and muscles near joints. Acute injury, overuse, or degenerative arthritis in the hip or back can lead to bursitis.

This painful inflammation of the bursa and surrounding tissue commonly targets the hip and its many bursae. Typically, the bursae cushioning the greater trochanter, or outward portion of your upper thigh bone, are affected.

“Trochanteric bursitis can affect anyone. Middle-aged and elderly women are especially prone to it, but people with very physical jobs, such as carpenters and house painters, are also at risk,” says Scott Burg, DO. “Hobbies and activities that involve repetitive twisting or rapid joint movement, or acute or prolonged pressure on joints, can also lead to bursitis.”

Gardening, raking, jogging, bicycling long distances, and playing tennis, golf or even a musical instrument can increase your odds of developing bursitis.

What bursitis feels like