Bursae that are not infected can be treated symptomatically with rest, ice, elevation, physiotherapy , anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medication. Since bursitis is caused by increased friction from the adjacent structures, a compression bandage is not suggested because compression would create more friction around the joint. Chronic bursitis can be amenable to bursectomy and aspiration.  Bursae that are infected require further investigation and antibiotic therapy. Steroid therapy may also be considered.  In cases when all conservative treatment fails, surgical therapy may be necessary. In a bursectomy the bursa is cut out either endoscopically or with open surgery. The bursa grows back in place after a couple of weeks but without any inflammatory component.
Just got diagnosed with bursitis. Since I had my hip replaced 3 years ago, i guess it is trochanteric bursitis (dr is not a big talker so skipped on the name). The pain started midly all around the hip with thigh pain as well, then got really intense..sort like bad flareups that would come and go. Finally asked to have an xray, I was afraid of infection or worse, i had just read online about a 72 yr old woman who woke up one day with extreme pain in the hip and was diagnosed as having bone cancer. It scared the hell out of me and asked for xray. Well, xrays were fine according to my doctor, he said what you have is bursitis. Just rest dont walk 4-5 miles few times a week like i was doing, go to the gym instead and do bikes. There, that was his statement. So now i am back here on this forum, was here a lot during my hips recovery..had both hips replaced 10 mos apart. Hope you are all feeling better..i know i am a late post. Hapy new year everyone!