At Home Remedy for Hip Bursitis

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Hip bursitis occurs when the bursa sac, which contains fluid for lubricating gliding movement of hip, becomes irritated and inflammed from physical activity, standing too long or overuse of the hip joint. The condition can cause aching, burning and stiffness in the hip area as well as swelling (excess fluid) in the bursa sac. The hip may also be sensitive to touch and Treatment usually includes a combination of rest, ice, heat, medication and exercise.

Hip pain
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Rest, Ice & Heat

According to the staff at Mayoclinic.com, if you have bursitis in your hip it is important to rest and isolate your hip. This lessens the chance of aggravating your hip bursitis. During the first 48 hours, ice your hip with an ice pack compressed directly over the affected area. This will help reduce swelling and pain. You should ice your hip at 20-minute intervals throughout the day (every 3-4 hours as necessary). Once the initial swelling has subsided, use heat (i.e. heating pad) to promote blood (with its healing properties) flow to the area.

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Ice pack (Image: Danny Smythe/iStock/Getty Images)

Medications

Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve) can also help reduce any swelling, inflammation or pain. These medications are Cox-2 inhibitors which minimize inflammation by limiting the effects of Cox-2 enzymes and prostaglandins (chemicals), the body's natural inflammatory response to joint irritation or injuries. You doctor can prescribe oral steroids or give you a cortisone shot if your pain is more severe. He or she may also prescribe antibiotics in case of infection in the hip bursa sac.

Aleve
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Sleeping Position & Shoes

You should avoid sleeping on the side of your hip where you have bursitis. Drugs.com, a highly popular source for drug information and pain remedies, recommends that you put pillows between your legs even if you sleep on the opposite side of your bursitis condition. Also, if one of your legs is shorter than the others, shoe lifts may help alleviate your hip bursitis.

Sleep with a pillow between your legs
Sleep with a pillow between your legs (Image: Kim Carson/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Exercises

Exercise is one of the best ways of promoting blood flow to muscles and ligaments in your hip. Blood is necessary for healing as it supplies the injured area with oxygen and nutrients. Rheumatologist, Dr. Henry Wei, in his article "Bursitis hip exercises" on Arthritis-treatment-and-relief.com says that walking and bicycling can help alleviate your hip bursitis symptoms. You may also try some of the following hip stretching exercises.

Lie on your back, bend both knees and place your right ankle over your left knee. Grab your left thigh and pull it toward your chest. Hold that position for 15-30 seconds, then relax. Repeat 3 times with each leg. This will stretch your buttock muscles on the outside of your hip.

Lie on your stomach and extend your legs. Squeeze your buttock and thigh on the side of your painful hip and lift your leg about 8 inches off the floor, keeping your knee straight. Hold that position for 5 seconds. Do 3 total repetitions. (For further explanations and more exercises, see ref. 3 below)

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