Trochanteric bursitis pain occurs on the outer side of the hip. The pain may radiate down the thigh or buttock and can worsen with activities that involve hip movements, such as walking, climbing stairs, or getting up from a chair.

Tenderness and swelling over the greater trochanter may also be present, and lying on the affected side can be uncomfortable. Some individuals may also experience stiffness or limited range of motion in the hip joint.

Man suffering from Trochanteric bursitis pain.

Causes

Trochanteric bursitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the bursa located near the greater trochanter of the hip bone. The bursa is a small fluid-filled sac that helps reduce friction and cushion the joint. When it becomes inflamed, it can lead to pain and discomfort. Several factors can contribute to the development of trochanteric bursitis:

  1. Overuse or repetitive activities: Engaging in repetitive motions or activities that put stress on the hip joint. Running, stair climbing, or prolonged standing can irritate the bursa and lead to inflammation.
  2. Muscle imbalances: Weakness or tightness in the muscles around the hip and thigh can alter the mechanics of the hip joint. This could lead to increased pressure and friction on the bursa.
  3. Hip injuries: Trauma or direct impact on the hip can damage the bursa and result in inflammation.
  4. Incorrect posture: Poor posture can put excessive pressure on the hip joint and the bursa. This can contribute to the development of trochanteric bursitis.
  5. Bone spurs: Bone spurs or calcium deposits can form around the greater trochanter, irritating the bursa and causing inflammation.

Treatment for Trochanteric Bursitis

Treatment for bursitis usually involves conservative measures. This could include rest and activity modification to avoid aggravating the condition, and ice therapy to reduce pain and inflammation. Patients may also need over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to alleviate pain.

Physical therapy can address muscle imbalances, strengthen the hip muscles, and improve biomechanics. In some cases, corticosteroid injections into the bursa may be considered to reduce inflammation and pain.

Contact us for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan as other conditions can cause similar symptoms.


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