What are some good exercises for hip bursitis?

Hip bursitis is a condition in which the bursa, a small fluid-filled sac near the hip joint, becomes inflamed. This can cause pain and discomfort in the hip area. There are several exercises that can help reduce the symptoms of hip bursitis and improve hip joint function. Here are a few exercises that are often recommended:

  1. Gentle Range-of-Motion Exercises: Gentle exercises to increase the range of motion in the hip joint can help reduce stiffness and improve flexibility. These exercises can include simple movements such as hip circles, leg swings, and ankle pumps.
  2. Strengthening Exercises: Strengthening the muscles that support the hip joint can help reduce the stress on the hip bursa and improve hip stability. Good exercises for hip bursitis include bridges, clamshells, and squats.
  3. Stretching Exercises: Stretching the muscles around the hip joint can help improve flexibility and reduce tightness. Good stretches for hip bursitis include the butterfly stretch, piriformis stretch, and hip flexor stretch.
  4. Balance Exercises: Improving balance can help reduce the risk of falls and reinjury to the hip bursa. Good balance exercises include single-leg stands, heel-to-toe walks, and balance boards.
  5. Aquatic Exercises: Water-based exercises can provide low-impact exercise for individuals with hip bursitis. Examples include water aerobics, water jogging, and swimming.

It’s important to remember that every individual’s recovery from hip bursitis is different, and the best exercise plan will depend on the severity and specific causes of the condition. Before starting any new exercise program, it’s always a good idea to consult with a physical therapist or healthcare provider to determine the best plan of action. Additionally, if exercises cause increased pain or discomfort, it’s important to make an appointment to come see me. You may benefit from an injection or a more structured Physical Therapy program