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Physical Therapy for Hip Bursitis

Depending on where and how you feel your hip pain, you may be suffering from hip bursitis. Pain from hip bursitis usually appears gradually and when left untreated, the pain will typically increase over time and can require surgical intervention.

Professional’s physical therapists work with patients to diagnose and treat hip bursitis using various techniques that can relieve pain and irritation and restore function. Our PTs are experts in assessing pain caused by hip bursitis and creating individualized treatment plans that manage, relieve, and resolve your symptoms for the long term. Our goal is to guide your path to recovery so you can get back to living your life to the fullest, free of hip bursitis pain and discomfort.

Infographic of hip bursitis with red inflamed hip.

What is Hip Bursitis?

Hip bursitis, also called Trochanteric Bursitis or ITB Friction Syndrome, is a condition that affects the small fluid-filled sacs called “bursae” that help to cushion bones, muscles, and tendons around joints and prevent friction during movement. When these sacks of fluid become inflamed, it can lead to hip bursitis—and a great amount of pain and discomfort.

Causes of Hip Bursitis

Hip bursae inflammation can occur for a variety of reasons. Hip bursitis is common among athletes that perform a large amount of repetitive movement, such as running, jumping, or cycling, which aggravate the area and cause inflammation over time. Bursa inflammation leading to hip bursitis can also occur after a fall or direct impact to the hip or after a period of illness or inactivity. Over time, hip bursitis can lead to limited movement and weakened muscles in the area if the swelling becomes worse.

Do you have pain from hip bursitis?

Our physical therapists will customize a rehabilitation plan for pain caused by hip bursitis. We will work in an effective way to get you back on your feet, focused on your wellness before, during and after therapy.

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Insurances We Accept

Below is a condensed list of insurances we participate with throughout our network of physical therapy clinics.  Find your particular provider below based on your area.
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New York, New Jersey, Connecticut

  • Aetna (NY, NJ, CT)
  • AmeriHealth (NJ)
  • Anthem BCBS (CT)
  • Bardavon (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ, CT)
  • Cigna/ASH (NY, NJ, CT)
  • CIGNA - Medicare (NY, NJ)
  • Claims Resolution Corp (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • ClearComp (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ)
  • Clover Health Medicare Advantage (NJ)
  • Comp X (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • ConnectiCare (CT)
  • Department of Labor (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ, CT)
  • Empire BCBS (Individual Providers In Network – NY)
  • Empire Plan MPN (UHC – NY, NJ)
  • Fidelis Wellcare (NJ)
  • First MCO (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • GHI (Emblem Health – NY, NJ, CT)
  • HIP (Emblem Health – NY)
  • Horizon BCBS (NJ)
  • Horizon Casualty (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • Independence BCBS (Southern NJ)
  • Magna Care (NY, NJ, CT)
  • Magna Comp (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ, CT)
  • Medicare (NY, NJ, CT)
  • MedRisk (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ, CT)
  • MultiPlan (NY, NJ, CT)
  • New Jersey Manufacturers (NJM - Workers' Compensation - NJ)
  • No Fault (Various Carriers)
  • Northwell Health Clinical Integration Network IPA (NY)
  • OccuNet (NJ)
  • One Call (Workers' Compensation - NY, NJ, CT
  • Oscar Health Plan (NY, NJ)
  • Oxford (Optum - NY, NJ, CT)
  • Providers Edge Scheduling Group/PESG (Workers' Compensation - NJ)
  • QualCare (NJ)
  • Qual-Lynx (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • SPNET (Workers' Compensation - NY, NJ, CT)
  • Streamline (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • United Health Care (Optum - NY, NJ, CT)
  • VACCN (Optum - NY, NJ, CT)
  • WellCare (NY)
  • Workers' Compensation (Various Carriers)

Massachusetts, New Hampshire

  • Aetna (MA, NH)
  • Ambetter/NH Healthy Families (NH)
  • Amerihealth Caritas (effective date 4/27/2020 - NH)
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (NH)
  • Bardavon (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • BCBS Massachusetts (MA)
  • CeltiCare (MA)
  • Cigna/ASH (NH)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance (MA)
  • Fallon Health (MA)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (MA, NH)
  • Health New England (MA)
  • MaineCare (NH)
  • Magna Care (MA, NH)
  • Magna Comp (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • Martin’s Point Health Care (NH)
  • Mass General Brigham Health (Formerly AllWays Health Partners)
  • Massachusetts Health (Medicaid – MA)
  • Medicaid (MA, NH)
  • Medicare (MA, NH)
  • Med Risk (Workers' Compensation – MA)
  • ML Healthcare (NF – MA, NH)
  • No Fault (Various Carriers)
  • Omni Healthcare (MVA Lien – MA, NH)
  • One Call (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • SPNET (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • Streamline (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • Tufts Cigna (MA)
  • Tufts Health Plan (MA, NH)
  • Tufts Medicare Advantage (MA)
  • Tufts Public (Medicaid – MA)
  • UniCare (MA)
  • United Health Care (Optum – MA, NH)
  • WellSense Health (Formerly BMC – Boston Medical Center – MA)
  • Workers’ Compensation (Various Carriers)


Symptoms of Hip Bursitis

One of the major symptoms of hip bursitis is pain on the outside of the hip and/or the outside of the thigh. This pain will become worse with any strenuous use or pressure on the hip area. Hip bursitis symptom severity can range anywhere from mild discomfort in certain positions to significant pain and limitations during everyday movements. Other common symptoms of hip bursitis include:

  • Pain when lying on side
  • Increased pain after getting up from sitting
  • Pain when lifting leg sideways
  • Swelling of the hip
  • Pain and/or warmth in the groin area

What Can I Expect from Physical Therapy for Hip Bursitis?

The purpose of physical therapy for hip bursitis is to manage and relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life. At Professional, you and your physical therapist will work together, following a unique treatment plan designed to help you heal as quickly and effectively as possible. Your PT will discuss your concerns with you and examine the physical limitations and discomfort caused by your hip bursitis pain. Professional’s physical therapists will also address any related weakness in the hip, back, or lower extremity that may contribute to your hip bursitis.

Throughout your physical therapy appointments, your PT will:

Discuss your diagnosis and treatment plan

Assess your source of discomfort and pain

Teach you exercises to help relieve symptoms

Recommend ways to make daily activities more bearable as you heal

Offer guidance and support to prevent further damage

Diagnosing Hip Bursitis

The exact treatment methods will depend on the root cause of your hip bursitis diagnosis. Tools that can be used to diagnose your condition and refer you to PT include a clinical exam, MRI, X-Ray or Orthopedic Specialist. If you are suffering from any hip pain that may not be related to hip bursitis, please visit our primary hip information page ⇒.

Professional physical therapist in Manhattan performing hip pain treatment techniques.

Physical Therapy Treatments for Hip Bursitis

At Professional, our focus is to help you get moving again and manage your symptoms at the same time. Your PT will prescribe personalized therapy treatments intended to improve range of motion, relieve discomfort, and help your body heal. Some therapeutic techniques our physical therapist may use to relieve your hip bursitis pain include:

  • Joint Mobilization
  • Manual Therapy
  • Sports Injury Rehabilitation
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Flexibility Training
  • Health & Wellness Strategies

Our Commitment to Hip Bursitis Pain Relief

Professional’s physical therapists can identify and treat hip bursitis and are dedicated to getting you back to doing the things you love. The sooner you seek physical therapy for hip pain and hip bursitis, the more likely you are to have a successful, pain-free outcome. We are ready to support you every step of the way on your journey to recovery.

Find the clinic nearest to you ⇒ to speak with a Professional physical therapist who specializes in hip pain and hip bursitis today.

Convenient physical therapy clinics near you

We provide treatments for hip bursitis pain relief from our physical therapy clinics throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.  Fill out the form above, or contact a clinic near you to speak with a Professional Physical Therapist and hip pain treatment specialist today.

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We will work in an effective way to provide hip pain relief during and after therapy