A bursa is a fluid filled fibrous sac that facilitates movement without friction between surfaces. Bursae are located in between tendon and bone, skin and bone, muscle and muscle, and muscle and tendon. Under certain conditions that cause friction, trauma, or infection, the bursae around the hip area may be subjected to inflammation. This is known as hip bursitis.
Hip bursitis is more prevalent in middle aged and older women. Additionally, certain activities such as skiing, dancing, gymnastics, or long distance running can increase the likelihood of hip bursitis. Bursitis can occur in different areas of the hip, but the general symptoms include:
When treating hip bursitis, it is important that the professionals responsible for the treatment do not apply friction or pressure over the affected bursae