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As part of its anatomy, the hip joint has a lubricating membrane called the synovium. It helps the hip joints glide easily and supplies nutrients to cartilage. When irritated, however, the joint lining causes a painful condition called synovitis. Read on for more.

Causes & Triggers

  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or other autoimmune disease
  • Overuse
  • Prior injury
  • Trauma

Signs & Symptoms

  • Pain (especially during movement)
  • Lumps or nodules (in conjunction with rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness

Tips & Treatment

  • This condition is often secondary to something else like arthritis or labral tear.
  • Non-surgical treatments may include icing affected areas, anti-inflammatory medications and corticosteroid injections.
  • In severe instances, surgery may be necessary to remove the inflamed synovium.

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