Swelling in the hip can have several causes, one of which is bursitis or inflammation of the bursae, small gel-like sacs that lie between bone and soft tissues. Bursae act to cushion the bone and reduce friction when you walk. The hip contains several bursae, and overuse and repetitive motion can cause this damage. The most common symptom of bursitis is hip pain, which is often worse at night, with repetitive movements, and when standing up after sitting for a while. Other possible causes of hip swelling are an injury to the hip and, less commonly, gout.
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