Mercy Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Marc Hungerford Discusses Hip Bursitis And Its Treatment On WBAL'S "Woman's Doctor"

May 28, 2012
Mercy's Dr. Marc Hungerford explains hip bursitis to WBAL-TV11 crew for the weekly 'Woman's Doctor' program.

Mercy's Dr. Marc Hungerford explains hip bursitis to WBAL-TV11 crew for the weekly 'Woman's Doctor' program.

Hip pain can affect anyone, but it is more common in women, middle-aged people and the elderly, and sometimes the culprit is a fairly common condition called hip bursitis.

According to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Marc Hungerford of The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital at Mercy, bursitis is caused by an inflammation of the bursa, which is a small, jelly-like sac of fluid that acts as a cushion between bones and the overlying soft tissues.

"The iliotibial band can rub over this prominence of bone and give you bursitis of the hip," Dr. Hungerford said.

"The hip joint itself is actually in your groin, so when people come in and say, 'I have hip pain,' a lot of times what they're talking about is actually bursitis rather than a problem with the hip joint itself," he continued.

Overuse or stress injuries from exercise can lead to bursitis.

"Most people that I've see have something that's causing excessive pressure of this tissue going over the side of this knuckle of bone. Some people have very prominent hips, and some people may have had hip surgery and their leg may be longer than it was before," Dr. Hungerford said.



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