Hip Bursitis Treatment in Chillicothe, OH

Bursitis Overview

A bursa is a tiny, fluid-filled sac. Bursae (plural of bursa) are located throughout your body and help to reduce friction between bones, tendons and muscles near your joints. Bursitis occurs when the bursa becomes irritated and inflamed.

The two main bursae in your hip (where your thigh bone meets your pelvis) are the trochanteric bursa and iliopsoas bursa.

  • The greater trochanter is a bony prominence at the top of your thigh bone. Trochanteric bursitis occurs when the bursa of the greater trochanter becomes irritated and inflamed. It is the more common form of hip bursitis.
  • The iliopsoas muscle is located toward the front of the inner hip. Iliopsoas bursitis occurs when the iliopsoas muscle becomes irritated and inflamed.
Hip Bursitis Infographic

Hip Bursitis Symptoms

Hip bursitis symptoms vary by individual. The most common symptom is pain that worsens over time. Additional symptoms include the following:

  • Radiating pain from the hip down the leg
  • Radiating pain from the hip through the buttocks
  • Hip stiffness in the morning that gets better throughout the day
  • Hip pain while exercising, moving, using stairs or standing up from a seated position
  • Hip pain while extending or lifting the leg
  • Hip pain at night when lying on the irritated hip
  • Hip swelling
  • Skin that is warm to the touch around the hip joint
  • Redness in the joint area

Hip Bursitis Causes

Hip Bursitis Treatment for Columbus & Grove City, OH

The cause of hip bursitis varies by individual. It is often seen in athletes and individuals who frequently exercise. It is most commonly caused by the following:

  • Stressing the area around your hip
  • Repetitive use of your hip
  • Hip trauma
  • Spine problems
  • Spine disease
  • Unequal leg length
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Hip surgery
  • Bone spurs
  • Calcium deposits

Why Choose Dr. Cohen?


One of the first orthopedic surgeons employed by a large hospital. Dr. Cohen spent 20 years.


Over his distinguished career, Dr. Cohen has cultivated a reputation of excellence and trust among his patients and his peers.


To achieve the best surgical outcomes, Dr. Cohen utilizes the most advanced technologies and techniques, keeping his practice state of the art.


An individualized, patient-focused process coupled with decades of training and experience help ensure maximum safety for all of Dr. Cohen’s patients.

Hip Bursitis Diagnosis

If you think you may have hip bursitis, Dr. Cohen and/or one of his sports medicine colleagues will obtain a complete “history of present illness” from you and conduct a focused, comprehensive physical exam to evaluate your hip for areas of tenderness, assess range of motion and determine whether you have normal or decreased hip strength. Depending on the findings they may order an X-ray, an MRI and/or CT scan. This information will help determine the exact cause of your hip pain.

Hip Bursitis Treatment Options

Hip bursitis treatment depends upon your individual circumstances. Your Dr. Cohen will evaluate your lifestyle and hip bursitis to determine your treatment plan.

Nonsurgical Treatment

Most hip bursitis can be treated without surgery. The initial treatment for hip bursitis can include the following:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Physical therapy
  • Prescribed exercises
  • Prescribed stretching
  • Massage therapy
  • Ice
  • Heat
  • Avoiding activities that cause hip pain and inflammation
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • A walking cane or crutches when necessary
  • Steroid injection

Surgical Treatment

Surgery is seldom necessary for hip bursitis. In the rare situation that Dr. Cohen determines that surgery is necessary, then he will surgically remove the affected bursa. This is done as a same-day procedure with rehabilitation to follow.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you are suffering from hip bursitis, schedule a personal consultation with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brian Cohen by calling or emailing his office today. Dr. Cohen has extensive experience treating hip bursitis and can help you learn more about your hip bursitis treatment options.


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Phone  (614) 788-0375

Outpatient Clinic:

4850 E. Main St Suite 110 Columbus, OH 43213

Outpatient Clinic:

2030 Stringtown Rd Suite 210
Grove City, OH 43123

Outpatient Clinic:

869 N. Bridge Street
Chillicothe, OH 45601

Surgical Center:

323 E Town St.
Columbus, OH 43215

Surgical Center:

1375 Stringtown Rd
Grove City, OH 43123