4 Things To Know About Hip Bursa Injections Reducing Pain

Looking for pain relief with hip bursa injections? Look no further than Dr. Rob Alexander at Non-Surgical Spine Center in Charleston, SC. When you come to Non-Surgical Spine Center the way your condition will be treated will be clearly explained utilizing a spine model. We are happy to answer all your questions about your non-surgical treatment regime. Hip bursa injections are one of our most popular non-surgical treatments for you to consider.


Hip bursitis is usually caused by an altered gait (walk) or repetitive activities. It is seen in patients that have chronic back and/or leg pain as they tend to favor one side or the other when they walk. This causes excessive stressors on the hip region resulting in hip bursitis. The extra stress on the hip region can lead to even more pain in areas you did not have it before. Once this pain develops, it can be hard to think about anything else. Finding a way to fix it is most likely the first thing on your agenda. 

Who Needs Hip Bursa Injections?

Patients who qualify for hip bursa injections are people who have pain on the sides of their hips. The area may be tender to the touch. These patients will complain of significant pain while lying on their sides at night which can interfere with their sleep. Frequently the pain is not related to the spine or hip joint. Often, the diagnosis is hip bursitis which is simply the inflammation of a protective sac, which sits on top of the hip bone.

This condition is easy to treat as Dr. Alexander will place medicine directly into the hip bursa without x-ray guidance. If you are unsure if you are someone would qualifies for hip bursa injections, contact us. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

Procedure Itself 

Going into any procedure can seem intimidating, so we are here to explain what it looks like.

The hip bursa injection procedure takes less than 30 seconds and can relieve pain in the hip area on either side significantly. First, the area over the bursa will be cleaned thoroughly. Dr. Alexander may use a needle to numb the area where the injection will be inserted. If a tiny needle is used for numbing, there will be another needle to insert the medicine. There can be some feelings of pressure or discomfort. You may receive some ice after the injection to place on the area. 

After the Hip Bursa Injections

There can be some numbness over your hip for a few hours. If you receive a shot with both a pain reliever and a steroid, the pain will probably go away right away. The pain could come back after a few hours if the steroid hasn’t kicked in. Steroid medicine can take up to a few days to start working, which is why there may be some pain after. To reduce pain ice your hips for ten to twenty minutes at a time. Once the steroid begins to set in the pain relief can last for several days to months or longer. 

If you continue to feel pain after this length of time, contact your physician. We can help figure out what is going on.

Contact Us

We know that pain can make your entire day centered around trying to find solutions to it. Are you ready to relieve your hip bursitis pain with hip bursa injections? Contact Non-Surgical Spine Center today to schedule your appointment through our website or give us a call at (843) 856-9669. We look forward to getting a hold of your pain for you.

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