Pregnancy Education Series : Hip Bursitis
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What Is Hip Bursitis

We have around 160 bursae in our bodies. A bursa is a fluid filled sac that cushions between a tendon and a bone, usually on the outside of a joint.

Hip bursitis occurs when the bursa at your lateral hip becomes inflamed.

During pregnancy, hormonal changes cause increased fluid retention in the body, which can lead to swelling and irritation of the bursae. Your expanding uterus and your growing baby also exert additional pressure on the hips, contributing to the development of bursitis.

Throw in the changes in sleeping position (side sleeping), posture and gait that occur during pregnancy can affect the alignment and mechanics of the hips, all contributing to your lateral hip pain and risk of bursitis. Factors such as excessive standing, repetitive movements, or previous hip injuries can further contribute to the condition.

Signs And Symptoms

The most common signs and symptoms of hip bursitis are

  • characterized by pain and tenderness in the outer part of your hip which may radiate to your thigh or buttocks
  • pain ranging from a dull ache to sharp, stabbing sensations
  • aggravated by sleeping on the sore side, walking, climbing stairs
  • affected area may also be tender to touch

What Is The Management For Hip Bursitis

At phyx, our physios know that pregnancy can be touch on your body. We’re here to help support you and your growing tummy as it changes through each stage of your pregnancy and beyond.

Physiotherapy can help manage bursitis through pregnancy with the following treatment techniques

  • hands on treatment
  • trigger point therapy
  • fascia release
  • taping
  • ultrasound
  • exercise and stretching prescription to reduce pain

Read more about pregnancy physiotherapy here.

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