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Hip bursitis

We offer a vast range of effective treatment options for hip bursitis.


If you’re struggling with the challenges of living with hip pain, you’re not alone. According to Versus Arthritis approximately one in nine adults (10.9%) over the age of 45 years in England lives with pain or stiffness in their hip(s).

Hip bursitis is among the most common causes of hip pain. It can present with very similar symptoms to arthritis, which is the most common cause of hip pain, however bursitis affects the joints in a different way.

If you are struggling with pain in your hip, you might have hip bursitis. Although hip bursitis can be debilitating, there are effective treatment options available to help you get better.

At Circle Health, we offer private hip bursitis treatment to people who want to take control of their pain. Our expert orthopaedic care is delivered by our multidisciplinary team of specialist Surgeons, Physiotherapists, Nurses, Pain Management Specialists and more, all of whom specialise in care for bones and joints. You don’t have to put up with pain. We’re here to help you access quality care quickly and without hassle.

What causes hip bursitis?

Bursitis happens when the fluid filled sacs (known as bursa) that cushion and protect your joints become inflamed. This can result in pain and swelling in your joints. Usually it presents as a dull, aching pain that can persist even when you take traditional painkillers or try gentle stretching.

If you have bursitis in your hip, you might find it challenging to perform simple everyday tasks, like walking and driving, making every day life feel like a struggle. Although this kind of joint pain can have a devastating impact on daily life, there are several effective treatment options available.

Common hip bursitis symptoms

If you’re struggling with hip pain and wondering if you have hip bursitis, here are some common symptoms to look out for:

  • Tenderness
  • Redness around the affected area
  • Hip bursitis pain
  • Swelling
  • Pain that worsens at night
  • A joint that is more painful when you press on it

Hip bursitis shares many symptoms with other joint pain conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. All three of these conditions can present with symptoms including: 

  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling or inflammation
  • Stiffness or lack of mobility in the joint

There are signs that can distinguish hip bursitis from these other conditions. For example, bursitis pain often happens in response to movement, whereas osteoarthritis pain generally develops slowly. 

However, it is easy to mistake one condition for another, which is why it's always important to speak to an expert. A specialist will be able to tell you whether you have bursitis of the hip and, if so, what is the best course of treatment to ease your pain. 

The importance of getting treatment for chronic joint pain

We understand that living with chronic hip pain can dramatically impact many aspects of everyday life, interfering with relationships, career performance and your social life. In our Joint Pain Matters 2020 report, which analyses the effects of joint pain on the lives of over 8,000 survey respondents:

  • 50% said joint pain has affected their romantic relationships
  • 66% of people with joint pain struggle to sleep
  • 74% of women say their mental health has been negatively impacted by joint pain
  • 94.87% of survey respondents said joint pain has affected their ability to do everyday tasks
  • More than two thirds of respondents (68.88%) said joint pain has affected their mental health

These statistics reflect the challenges and understandable upset often induced by chronic joint pain, which frequently leads to symptoms of depression and anxiety. Living with joint pain can make people feel isolated and detached from their loved ones. If you feel this way, then you’re not alone.

Fortunately, we have a network of dedicated specialists available to help. As one of the leading private healthcare providers in the UK, we pride ourselves as a network of compassionate and innovative healthcare professionals who can help diagnose and treat your hip pain. If you do have hip bursitis, we have a range of hip bursitis treatment options available for you to manage your pain. We can get you back to feeling like you again.

Circle Health is one of the leading private healthcare providers in the UK, with more than 50 hospitals nationwide.

There are many benefits when you choose private treatment with Circle Health Group, including:

  • Spacious en-suite hospital rooms equipped with TV and WiFi for your privacy and comfort
  • Fast access to Consultant-led care and innovative medical equipment
  • Free car parking for patients and convenient hospital access via public transport
  • Flexible payment options so you can spread the cost of your care
  • Fixed price packages to eliminate financial stress and help you focus on your recovery
  • A compassionate multidisciplinary team of skilled, dedicated healthcare professionals committed to helping you get better as quickly and effectively as possible

We offer fast access to your initial consultation with a Consultant that suits you. You can book your consultation online or by calling us on 01903 506699.

If you call us, one of our friendly and knowledgeable advisors will be able to provide you with the right information and book your initial consultation.

Many people want to know how to heal hip bursitis quickly. There are many effective treatment options available for hip bursitis and, while none will work immediately, over time most people are able to treat, manage or even eliminate their pain.

Non-invasive treatments for hip bursitis

Often, hip bursitis pain can be treated effectively with nonsurgical treatment options. These non-surgical options are:

Hip injection therapy: This method of pain relief is also known as steroid injection therapy. Your Consultant will inject a steroid (corticosteroid) medication into your painful hip joint. This can effectively reduce the debilitating symptoms of hip bursitis, including pain, reduced mobility and swelling. This form of pain relief may be offered if oral anti-inflammatories have not helped alleviate your symptoms.

Oral anti-inflammatories: These will be prescribed by your GP or Consultant and can help significantly improve your symptoms. People often ask: what medicine is used to treat bursitis? Speak with your Consultant about which oral anti-inflammatory medications might be best for you, as well as the appropriate dose to take for each. If you have bursitis induced by an infection, you will be offered antibiotics. These are usually taken for seven days.

Heat therapy: Your doctor might also recommend using heat therapy to reduce your symptoms. This can be in the form of heat pads to reduce inflammation, or, you can apply ice to your affected hip to numb your pain.

Physiotherapy for joint pain: Physiotherapy is highly recommended for joint pain. Your Physiotherapist will build a tailored treatment plan built around your needs. You will be able to follow this plan at home to build your hip strength and improve your mobility.

Surgery for hip bursitis

If these non-surgical approaches do not effectively treat your hip bursitis, you might be offered hip replacement surgery. This is not a hip bursitis surgery as such, but it will help significantly reduce your symptoms if you have hip bursitis. Hip replacement surgery is a procedure where your Consultant removes your damaged hip joint and replaces it with an artificial hip, which is also known as a prosthesis. This artificial hip is usually made of metal, ceramic or plastic material (or a combination of the three components).

Your Consultant will tell you what your prosthesis will be made of before they perform your surgery. Hip replacement surgery has been successfully performed since the 1960s. One study by The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) shows that more than 50% of hip replacements last for 25 years, helping many people live active and pain-free lives without complications induced by arthritis for well over a decade.

Is walking good for hip bursitis?

Yes, frequent walking is good for hip bursitis. It helps strengthen your hip muscles and improve your overall fitness levels, which, in turn, help you manage symptoms of hip bursitis. 

Speak with your Consultant about hip bursitis and running. They will be able to advise whether you should run, depending on the state of your overall health and your hip bursitis symptoms. 

How long does hip bursitis last?

This depends on the cause of your hip bursitis, as well as the state of your general health. 

If it is due to an infection, your symptoms will usually clear following a dose of antibiotics.

If your symptoms progress slowly, your hip bursitis might last for years. However, you can find methods of managing your pain throughout this period. 

Your initial consultation

The most important factor to remember about your initial consultation is that this is your opportunity to ask your Consultant any questions you might have about your symptoms. 

At Circle Health, we offer fast access to appointments with a Consultant of your choice at a time that suits you, with many of our specialists seeing patients outside of working hours and even at weekends. You can usually see a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon for your initial consultation within 48 hours of booking your appointment with us.

At your initial consultation, your Consultant will ask you a series of important questions about your symptoms, including when your hip first became painful and if you have tried any other medication. There is no hip bursitis test as such, but there are many methods a Consultant can use to ensure they diagnose you quickly and correctly.

In order to assess your symptoms and make an informed diagnosis of your hip pain, your Consultant will gently and carefully carry out a physical examination of your joint(s), or send you for an X-ray, if required. Your X-ray will be carried out by a Radiologist.

After your diagnosis has been confirmed, your Consultant and healthcare team will build a carefully constructed tailored treatment plan built around your needs. This can include physiotherapy and specialist aftercare following surgery, if applicable. Your healthcare team will ensure you know exactly what to expect throughout your healthcare journey, from your initial consultation right through to your recovery period.

It is important to remember that hip replacement surgery is usually offered for people with hip bursitis when other treatment options have not been effective. Although our Orthopaedic Consultants often specialise in surgery, they will never recommend invasive treatments unless less invasive options have been exhausted. 

Preparing for hip replacement surgery

Your Orthopaedic Surgeon might recommend that you prepare for hip replacement surgery by losing any excess weight (this is because losing weight can decrease the risk of complications occurring during surgery) and staying as active as possible to ensure you strengthen your hip muscles and maintain your mobility. This can be achieved through low-impact exercise such as walking and swimming regularly. You might work with a physiotherapist to perform specialist hip exercises to prepare for surgery, if needed.

During the operation

If you are having hip replacement surgery, you will either be administered general anaesthetic (to put you to sleep and stop you feeling pain) or spinal anaesthetic (to numb you from the waist down) before your operation.

A Consultant Surgeon can access your hip joint through varying approaches depending on your medical history (the front, back or side).

In the instance of a total hip replacement, your Consultant will remove your painful femoral head and socket and replace each with their artificial component. 

During a partial hip replacement surgery, your Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon will make an incision (a small cut) on the side of your hip and remove your painful femoral head (the upper end of your thigh bone), which will then be replaced with an artificial joint.

Your Consultant will then bend and move your leg after making the replacement to ensure it has been placed as it should be, helping your mobility in turn. They will then close their incision with dissolvable stitches. The outermost layer of your skin will be closed with glue or sutures.

Hip replacement surgery is a form of orthopaedic surgery. Orthopaedic surgery falls under the medical specialism Orthopaedics, which is focused on the treatment of damaged joints and their associated soft tissues. This soft tissue includes your ligaments, nerves and muscles. These bodily parts make up your musculoskeletal system, which plays a vital role in supporting your bodily functions, protecting your skeletal muscles and enabling your movement.

How long does hip replacement surgery last?

A hip replacement operation typically lasts for one to two hours.   

After surgery you will be taken to a recovery room to be monitored and then transferred to your bedroom for your comfort and privacy.  

Your recovery from hip replacement surgery will vary depending on how fit you are before surgery and the nature of your everyday lifestyle. Your recovery period might also depend on your age.   

Your Orthopaedic Surgeon will understand your personal circumstances and be able to let you know in more detail what your recovery timeline might look like.

One or two days after surgery, most people can get out of bed and walk using specialist walking aids, such as crutches or a walker. Your Physiotherapist will help you walk with your walking aid after surgery.

Most people can leave hospital after two to three days, but you will need a friend or family member to collect you, as you will not be able to drive home on your own. Within a couple of weeks of your recovery period, you will be able to walk regularly, but you will still need to use your walking support. You should be able to walk unaided after eight weeks. You should also be able to have sexual intercourse after around eight weeks.

After two to six weeks, you can start enjoying gentle exercise, such as long walks and stretching. You can also usually return to work at this stage. However, if your job is highly physical, you will not be able to return to work at this stage.

Six to 12 weeks after hip replacement surgery, you should be well on the way to a full recovery and experiencing the many benefits of hip replacement surgery, including improved mobility and reduced pain.

During your recovery period you will work closely with your Physiotherapist to perform specialist hip bursitis stretches and hip bursitis exercises. These will help strengthen your hip muscles and improve your mobility. After working with you and understanding your fitness levels and flexibility more, your Physiotherapist will be able to share which hip bursitis exercises to avoid initially and slowly build up to performing instead. 

Your hip bursitis treatment cost depends on which treatment option you opt for. 

If you have hip replacement surgery, the final price of your hip replacement will be confirmed in writing following your consultation and any testing.

Hip resurfacing surgery ranges from £13,737 to £15,011.

Complex hip replacement ranges from £12,184 to £16,464.

Primary hip replacement ranges from £11,063 to £16,689.

Fortunately, paying for surgery with us is an accessible journey, as we offer many flexible payment options to help you spread the cost of your treatment over a timeframe that suits you.

Read more about our easy ways to pay options here.

You can also benefit from fixed price packages, so you know the cost of your treatment up-front, eliminating financial strain and helping you focus on what matters the most – your recovery journey.

Potential complication during a surgical procedure include:   

  • Infection in the surgical wound
  • Pain
  • Excessive bleeding;
  • Scarring
  • Blood clotting
  • Chest infection
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

Specific complications that can occur during a hip replacement surgery include:   

  • Damage to your nerves
  • Split in your femur
  • Damage to blood vessels
  • Infection in your hip
  • Bone forming in the muscles around your hip replacement
  • Persistent pain around your greater trochanter (the tip of your femur)
  • Loosening of your joint
  • Hip dislocation
  • Leg length discrepancy

Serious complications as a result of hip replacement surgery do not happen often. If you have any concerns about these, speak with your Consultant. They will be able to discuss their likelihood with you in more detail and put some of your worries at ease.

Remember, you don’t have to live in pain. Our network of dedicated healthcare professionals have helped thousands of people like you recover from hip bursitis and get back to living an active, fulfilled life. 

We offer easy access to your initial consultation with a Consultant of your choice at a time and place that suits you. 

Book your consultation online or by calling us on 01903 506699

Specialists offering Hip bursitis

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Mr Richard Warwick Westerman

Consultant Hip & Knee Surgeon

MB ChB, MSc (Orthopaedic Engineering) FRCS (Tr & Orth)

The Meriden Hospital

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Mr Henry Atkinson

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBChB, BSc Med Sci, MRCS Edin, FRCS (Tr & Orth) Edin

The Cavell Hospital 2 more Hendon Hospital The Kings Oak Hospital

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Mr Martin Mitchell

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBChB, Dip SEM, FRCS (Tr & Orth)

Albyn Hospital

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Mr Jon Campion

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS BMedSci FRCS (Trauma & Orthopaedics)

Three Shires Hospital

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Mr Aneel Ansari

Consultant Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgeon

Consultant Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgeon

Goring Hall Hospital

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