“Pain Restricting Your Life? Sore Hip, Knee or Ankle? Limping?”

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Hip Bursitis Treatment using Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

What Is Hip Bursitis?

Hip bursitis is an inflammation of one of the small fluid-filled sacs that separate and reduce friction between muscle and tendon – referred to as bursae – around the hip. The bursae that are most commonly inflamed are the trochanteric bursa, ischial bursa and the iliopsoas bursa. These usually become inflamed as a result of the associated soft tissues (muscles and tendons of the hip) becoming strained and injured.hip bursitis

Causes of Hip Bursitis

  • injury or direct trauma – most commonly from falling on the outside of the hip or banging it on a hard surface
  • repetitive pressure – commonly from cycling, running, or standing for long periods of time, but also from sitting for extended periods on hard surfaces.
  • complications from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or gout
  • altered or compensated gait from low back pain creating strain on the hip
  • sometimes unknown causes

Symptoms of Hip Bursitis

As with all cases of bursitis, symptoms vary but generally include localised pain, tenderness and an inflamed sensation. Pain can be sharp of searing, or a dull ache. Pain can worsen rising from sitting or lying, getting in and out of the car, climbing stairs or hills, and lying on the affected side causing disturbed sleep.

How is Hip Bursitis Treated?

Most doctors prescribe a course of anti-inflammatory medication alongside regular icing and resting of the affected area as part of treatment for hip bursitis. Modifying your activity and resting the affected area is encouraged for all joint injuries. However icing can do more harm than good. Icing can reduce the amount of oxygen and nutrients delivered to the affected area, reducing blood flow and resulting in a slowed tissue healing process. This can also prevent waste products and toxins from draining effectively.

Anti-inflammatory medication can mildly reduce inflammation temporarily initially but paradoxically also reduce the tissue healing response as well as causing a multitude of side effects in other organs systems, in the body. They should not be used for more than a few days. Read more here.


Corticosteroid (cortisone) injections are commonly used as a treatment for hip bursitis, but do have the potential to create side effects such as pain at the injection site, nerve damage, skin discolouration and infection and tendon damage are also possible. They also do not promote tissue healing of the underlying gluteus group tendons which accompany the bursitis and can hinder the healing process.bursitis in hip

To assist you, Laser Pain Therapy offers Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) as a primary treatment for patients with hip bursitis to effectively address this condition. Cellular repair is promoted and the body’s cells are energised by applying low powers of red and near infrared laser light to inflamed tissue and injured areas. LLLT treatment  is an effective way to reduce inflammation in bursae as well as in the surrounding joints and soft tissue. Speak to our clinic today to learn more about this safe, pain-free and affordable option.

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Contact our clinic today to find out how Low Level Laser Therapy can help you manage your hip bursitis.

The 3 main benefits of LLLT in joint and muscle injuries are:

  • Pain relief – temporary inhibition of nerve conduction in nerve fibres.
  • Tissue repair – rapid regeneration of skin, muscle, tendons, ligament, bone and nerves.
  • Resolution of inflammation leading to effective, lasting pain relief

Toorak, Victoria

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Toorak, Victoria, Melbourne

Laser Pain Therapy Australia
Tok H Centre
Level 1, 459 Toorak Road
Toorak, 3142
Ph: (03) 8529 2225
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