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Hip Bursitis

Hip bursitis is one of the most common hip injuries treated by Dr. Ong. He aims to provide prompt and comprehensive treatment for this injury to avoid more severe complications.

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Hip Bursitis

Hip bursitis is one of the most common hip injuries treated by Dr. Ong. He aims to provide prompt and comprehensive treatment for this injury to avoid more severe complications.

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What Is Hip Bursitis?

Hip bursitis is the irritation and inflammation of the bursa located in the hip. The bursa is a tiny, liquid-filled sac that protects the surrounding tissues and prevents friction between the bones and soft tissues (such as muscles, tendons or ligaments).

What Causes Hip Bursitis?

  • Hip injury
  • Overuse of the hip joint during running, cycling or climbing
  • Certain medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or scoliosis
  • Obesity
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What Does Hip Bursitis Feel Like?

The symptoms of hip bursitis vary depending on the type of bursitis.

– For Trochanteric Bursitis, your inflamed bursa is located at the top of the thighbone outside the hip. Pain and tenderness are commonly experienced in the outer hip and thigh. There may also be a gradual burning pain, which can be aggravated with excessive walking or stair climbing.

– For Iliopsoas Bursitis (Ischial Bursitis), the bursa inside your hip becomes inflamed. Pain is usually experienced in the groin or buttock area.

– For Septic Hip Bursitis, your bursa becomes infected, and hence the complications may be more severe. Apart from the typical pain and swelling experienced, you may also have a slight fever and feel fatigued.

How Is Hip Bursitis Treated?

Non-Surgical Options

The common non-surgical remedies recommended by hip specialists typically include:

  • Rest. Avoiding excessive hip movement can prevent further irritation and inflammation of your bursa.
  • Ice compression can minimise swelling and redness.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin can be taken to alleviate pain and reduce swelling.
  • A cortisone injection may also be directly administered to the affected joint area to treat swelling.
  • Physical therapy may be recommended to regain the function and mobility of the hips.
  • Aspiration. This is the removal of excess liquid from a swollen and inflamed bursa using a special thin needle to alleviate pain. Samples of this substance may be sent for further testing if your bursa is suspected to be infected.


Surgical Option

Surgery is rarely performed for hip bursitis. However, if non-surgical treatment options are not successful, your bursa may need to be removed.

Bursectomy, which is the surgical drainage and removal of the bursa sac, is a standard treatment of an infected bursa.

How Will Dr. Ong Diagnose Hip Bursitis?

Dr. Ong will conduct imaging tests to confirm the diagnosis. X-rays help eliminate other forms of injury, such as a fracture, while MRI scans are usually effective in establishing hip bursitis.

Alternatively, blood tests or fluid analyses from the inflamed bursa may be conducted to determine the exact cause of joint pain and inflammation.


How to Prevent Hip Bursitis?

  • Warm up and stretch your body before exercising
  • Take frequent interval breaks when exercising to rest your hips
  • Avoid excessive and repetitive movements that strain the hips
  • Maintain a healthy weight

Why Do Patients Choose Dr Ong Kee Leong?

  • Dr. Ong Is Passionate In Sports, Giving Him A Deep Understanding Of Sports-Related Injuries And How They Can Be Treated
  • Personalised And Professional Approach To Deliver High-Quality Orthopaedic Care Based On The Most Up-To-Date Literature
  • Detailed Aftercare Plan To Ensure Smooth, Long-Term Recovery
  • Fellowship Trained Surgeon With 15 Years Of Experience In Orthopaedic Conditions
  • Problem-Oriented, Well-Organised and Individualized Treatment Plans Catered To Your Specific Needs
  • Specialist In The Management Of Sports Injuries And Degenerative Conditions Of The Shoulder And Knee Joints
  • Knowledgeable And Pleasant Clinical Staff To Assist You With Your Every Need Detailed Aftercare Plan To Ensure
  • Our Care Is Conveniently Accessible At Mount Elizabeth Novena and Farrer Park Hospital
  • Minimal Waiting Time For Initial Consultation
  • Assistance With Medical Claims (e.g. Medisave & Integrated Shield Plans)

About Dr. Ong Kee Leong

Senior Consultant, MBBS (Singapore), MMed (Ortho), FRCSEd (Ortho)

Dr. Ong Kee Leong is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon. He subspecializes in shoulder and knee, foot and ankle, hand wrist and elbow surgeries, arthroscopic sports surgery, and the management of sports-related injuries.

He has been registered with the Singapore Medical Council as a specialist in Orthopaedic Surgery since 2011.

  • MBBS, National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Medicine 2001
  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2007
  • Master of Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery (NUS) 2007
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Orthopaedic Surgery 2011
  • Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) Scholarship, Ministry of Health 2012-2013:
  • Sports Surgery and Arthroscopy in Germany (Hannover)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Lee Kong Chian School Of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University
  • Senior Clinical Lecturer, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS
Awards & Teaching
  • Dr. Ong had received numerous awards such as Best Service and Eastern Health Alliance Caring (Gold) Awards.
  • He also has an interest in clinical research and has written papers in multiple peer-review journals. As a Core Faculty of Singhealth Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, he oversees the training of junior orthopaedic surgeons.
  • Regularly invited to teach local and regional surgeons in Shoulder and Knee Surgery Courses.
  • He is a recipient of multiple teaching awards including the Singhealth Residency Outstanding Faculty Awards from 2014-2016 and Changi General Hospital Outstanding Educator Awards 2015-2016.

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