Trochanteric Bursitis

Trochanteric Bursitis diagramTrochanteric bursitis is a common hip problem, causing pain over the outside of the upper thigh.

A bursa is a fluid filled sac that allows smooth motion between bones and tendons and it can become inflamed and painfull.

The trochanteric bursa Is located over the greater trochanter (the prominence at the upper, outer end of the thigh-bone). Bursitis most commonly occurs due to repetitive or prolonged activities-typically repetitive running or walking etc (especially up hills or on uneven surfaces), or due to prolonged pressure on the bursa (such as excessive side-lying). Occasionally, the condition may occur suddenly due a direct blow to the bursa.

Treatment from a trained physiotherapist will usually be very effective but some patients require injections of local anaesthetic and cortisone.

Treatment for Trochanteric Bursitis
Physiotherapy treatment for patients with this condition is vital to hasten the healing process, ensure an optimal outcome and decrease the likelihood of injury recurrence. Treatment may comprise: