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What Is Trochanteric Bursitis?

What Is Trochanteric Bursitis?


Trochanteric Bursitis occurs when the bursa becomes inflamed at the lateral point of the hip, called the Greater Trochanter. This type of irritation in the bursa is a very common cause of hip pain.

Common Symptoms of Trochanteric Bursitis

Patients that are experiencing trochanteric bursitis commonly refer to pain in the outside of the hip or thigh, pain when pressure is applied to the affected area (pressing on the area or lying down on the infected side) and escalating pain when engaging in normal activities such as getting up and down and walking up stairs.

Common Causes of Trochanteric Bursitis

Direct injury to the hip is a common cause of trochanteric bursitis, including falling, bumping into something, or exerting pressure on the hip for an extended period. Activities that overuse the joint can cause injury, such as running, walking or standing for extended periods. Trochanteric Bursitis can also be caused and irritated by the incorrect posture that is sometimes the result of medical conditions or spine issues. This condition can also be worsened by stress applied to the soft tissues surrounding the area, and diseases or medical conditions that can cause infection. Bone spurs, calcium deposits, and hip implants can also accelerate the risk for Trochanteric Bursitis.

Treatment of Trochanteric Bursitis

Treatment includes pain and swelling reduction, being able to insure mobility and preventing trochanteric bursitis from becoming a recurring condition. Recommedations for treatment include rest, alternating hot and cold compresses and possibly splinting the area to restrict irritation caused from movement. If these recommendations are not enough, advanced treatment options are available. Medical attention is required for advanced options including anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroid injections at the site of pain to decrease the inflammation, surgery, and physical therapy to enhance movement.

Consulting a Physician

Most cases of trochanteric bursitis will require rest and relaxation in order to soothe the irritated bursa; however, medical attention is sometimes a necessary part of the healing process. If you are experiencing pain that interferes with day-to-day activities, recurring bursitis or a fever and swelling on or around the area, consult a physician for further options. See a doctor if other medical conditions or medications run the risk of irritating the infection or causing other medical abnormalities.

Preventing Trochanteric Bursitis

Bursitis is most commonly caused by overusing the joints and irritating the bursa. Prevention is the best method of treatment and it is important to take necessary precautions to avoid activities that have a high risk of irritation. When engaging in activities that may cause trochanteric bursitis: gradually build up to full speed, do not exert much force to the area, and put undue stress on the hips. Stop activity if pain occurs and avoid repetitive activities.



Quote: “As more and more use should strap bags, doctors of chiropractic should be alert to the increasing prevalence of trochanteric bursitis.”

Source:  Dr. John Palo, professor emeritus at New York Chiropractic College for the DABCO

Dynamic Chiropractic September 1, 1996, Vol. 14, Issue 18

Quote:“Here are just a few things to look for to help differentially diagnose these conditions. With trochanteric bursitis, the patient is often tender posterior and superior to the greater trochanter, and tends to have pain extending down the anterior thigh and knee. This pain is worse in bed. Orthopedic and functional testing tend to produce equivocal findings.”

Source:   Dr. Mark A. King, President Motion Palpation Institute

Dynamic Chiropractic  VOLUME 28, NUMBER 23

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