Hip Bursitis

Hip Bursitis

What is hip bursitis?

Hip bursitis is the swelling or irritation of the bursa sac in the hip. The bursa is a sac comprising lubricating fluid, found between tissues such as bone, muscle, tendons and skin. The job of bursa is to decrease rubbing, friction and irritation.


  • Pain on side of the hip
  • Increased pain when walking or climbing stairs
  • Swelling
  • Trouble bending and lying on side


Hip bursitis is commonly caused by repetitive, minor impact on hip area, or from a sudden, more acute injury. Age is also a factor. As tendons mature, they are not able to tolerate stress sufficiently; they have less elasticity and are prone to tearing. Overuse or injury to the joint also increases risk of hip bursitis.


Treatment for hip bursitis is relatively straightforward.

  • Cool the area to relieve the pain and swelling
  • Ceasing strenuous or exertive activity
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Rest

Protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation (PRICE) is one of the most recommended approaches for the management of hip bursitis. The aim is to minimise swelling, inflammation and pain, to provide the best conditions for healing to take place.

Physicool provides the key stages of PRICE in a single reusable bandage, providing protection, cooling and compression for the bursitis to help the healing process. A Physicool bandage can be applied to the thigh and the cooling effect recharged by spraying Physicool Coolant directly onto the bandage whilst it is in position.

Physicool is a unique cotton bandage impregnated with a patented liquid which draws heat away from the affected tissues by rapid evaporation. While the deep tissues are being cooled, the simultaneous compression effects of Physicool modify the inflammatory response to soft tissue damage which helps promote healing.

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