Bursitis is a condition in which the bursae become inflamed. Bursae are jelly-like sacs that help to decrease friction and pain between bones and soft tissues. The hip joint has two bursae, and when one gets irritated and inflamed, discomfort is usually the initial symptom. It’s usually sharp at first, then gradually becomes a chronic ache. At the hip, you may notice swelling, warmth, and redness.

Activities or positions that apply pressure on the hip bursa, such as reclining down, sitting in one position for an extended period of time, or walking long distances, can irritate the bursa and increase pain. To avoid aggravating the problem, it’s also critical to master hip bursitis exercises.