When should you seek medical advice?

Most cases of bursitis improve without any treatment over a few weeks. See your healthcare provider if you have any of the following signs or symptoms:

  • You experience pain that interferes with your normal day-to-day activities or have soreness that doesn't improve despite self-care measures.
  • You have recurrence of bursitis.
  • You have a fever or the area affected appears red, swollen or warm.

In addition, see your doctor if you have other medical conditions that may increase your risk of an infection, or if you take medications that increase your risk of infection, such as corticosteroids or immunosuppressants.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 10/15/2018.

References

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Hip Bursitis. Accessed 11/28/2018.
  • American Academy of Family Physicians. Bursitis of the Hip. Accessed 11/28/2018.

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