Bursa are small sacs filled with a small amount of synovial fluid that facilitate the movement of joints.
Bursa are usually located at points of friction—where tendons or ligaments move next to bone.
Bursitis is a term used for any inflammation of bursa. It can be caused by infection, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, chronic use (repetitive stress), or trauma. Often the cause is unknown.
Bursitis of the hip can affect anyone at any age, but it is less common in men and young people. The main symptom is an aching pain on the outside of the thigh. This pain is usually located at the hip joint, but may radiate as far down as the knee.
Stretching, strengthening muscles of the back and legs, consistent exercise, and avoiding repetitive tasks that irritate your joints can help you prevent a recurrence of bursitis.
A consultation with an orthopedic surgeon is the fastest and safest way to diagnose bursitis. If you feel you are suffering from bursitis, request an appointment today.