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Understanding Hip Pain: Arthritis vs. Bursitis and How SoftWave Therapy Can Help

Published October 13th, 2023 by Dr. Sam Camarata

Hip pain is a common complaint that can significantly impact one's quality of life. Two prevalent conditions responsible for hip pain are arthritis and bursitis. Each has its own distinct causes and symptoms, and understanding the differences between them is crucial for effective treatment. SoftWave Therapy at Camarata Chiropractic & Wellness led by Dr Sam Camarata and his team in North Chili of Rochester, NY offers a non-invasive solution to alleviate pain and promote healing for both conditions, providing hope for those suffering from hip discomfort.

Hip Arthritis: The Slow Onset Culprit

Hip arthritis is a degenerative condition that typically develops over time, often affecting older adults. It occurs when the cartilage cushioning the hip joint gradually deteriorates, leading to bone-on-bone contact and resulting in pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility.

Causes: The primary cause of hip arthritis is the natural aging process. However, it can also be triggered by a history of hip injuries, genetics, and conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.

Symptoms: Individuals with hip arthritis often experience pain, especially when walking or moving the hip joint. They may also notice stiffness, reduced range of motion, and a clicking or grinding sensation in the hip.

Treatment: Traditional treatments for hip arthritis include pain medications, physical therapy, and in severe cases, hip replacement surgery. However, SoftWave Therapy offers a non-surgical alternative that addresses pain and promotes the body's natural healing processes.

Hip Bursitis: The Acute Agitator

In contrast, hip bursitis is characterized by the inflammation of the bursa sacs surrounding the hip joint. Bursa sacs act as cushions, reducing friction between tendons and bones. When they become inflamed, typically due to repetitive movements or overuse, it results in hip bursitis.

Causes: Hip bursitis often arises from activities that involve repetitive hip motion, such as running, biking, or prolonged sitting. Other contributing factors include muscle imbalances and direct trauma.

Symptoms: Common symptoms of hip bursitis include pain on the outside of the hip, especially when walking or lying on the affected side. Patients may experience tenderness, swelling, and a warm sensation in the hip area.

Treatment: Initial treatment for hip bursitis includes rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medications. Physical therapy and modifying activities can also be beneficial. For severe cases, corticosteroid injections may be recommended. However, SoftWave Therapy is an emerging option that can target the inflammation and promote tissue repair.

SoftWave Therapy: A Versatile Solution

For individuals suffering from hip arthritis or hip bursitis, SoftWave Therapy provides a versatile solution that addresses both pain relief and healing. This innovative treatment utilizes electrohydraulic supersonic acoustic waves to stimulate the body's natural regenerative processes.

Pain Relief: 

SoftWave Therapy effectively reduces pain by targeting the source of discomfort. By enhancing blood flow and circulation to the affected area, it helps reduce inflammation and alleviate pain, enabling patients to regain mobility.

Tissue Repair and Regeneration: 

Beyond pain relief, SoftWave Therapy promotes tissue repair and regeneration. It triggers the activation and recruitment of resident stem cells, facilitating the healing process at a cellular level. This means that the therapy continues to work even after the sessions have ended, providing lasting results.


SoftWave Therapy is non-invasive, making it an attractive alternative to surgical procedures and injections. Patients can undergo treatment without the risks, downtime, or potential complications associated with surgery.

Understanding the differences between hip arthritis and hip bursitis is essential for accurate diagnosis and effective treatment. SoftWave Therapy offers a non-invasive and versatile solution for individuals dealing with hip pain, addressing both the symptoms and underlying causes of discomfort. 

Whether it's arthritis, bursitis, or a combination of factors, SoftWave Therapy provides hope for improved hip function and a better quality of life!

Give us a call today for pain relief! We have fantastic results with our patients for hip pain relief via SoftWave Therapy!


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Camarata Chiropractic & Wellness

3237 Union St North Chili NY 14514

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