Ask the Doctors: Hip Bursitis; Costochondritis


Q: I have bursitis in my right hip. I’ve had steroid shots, which usually provide relief for about eight months. Should I have the bursa surgically removed?

A: Let’s start with some background. Bursitis is caused by irritation or inflammation of a bursa. These are small sacs of tissue that act as protectors of bone at certain joints, such as the elbow, hip, knee and side of the heel. There are two bursae at the hip. Bursitis most often affects the one near the top and outside part of the thigh bone (greater trochanter).

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