Bursitis of the Hip (Trochanteric Bursitis)

This is an irritation or swelling of the trochanteric bursa. This small, fluid-filled sac is found on the outer side of the femur. It acts as a cushion for the iliotibial band, a thick tendon in your leg.

Benton A. Emblom, MD and Michael K. Ryan, MD are members of The Hip Center at Andrews Sports Medicine. They are both fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons who commonly diagnose and treat tronchanteric bursitis.

Trochanteric bursitis can be caused by repetitive stress. It can be caused by a fall or hard blow to the outer sider of your hip. It can be caused by poor posture. It can also be caused by certain diseases and conditions.

The most common symptom of this type of bursitis is pain on the outer sider of your hip. It may be sharp, or it may be a dull ache. It may spread to your thigh or buttock. This pain may feel worse during physical activity that involves your hip. It may also feel worse when you lie on the affected side of your body.

Treatment options include rest, medications and physical therapy. You may benefit from the temporary use of a cane or crutches. If these methods are not helpful, you may benefit from an arthroscopic surgical procedure.

Benton A. Emblom, MD and Michael K. Ryan, MD can create a plan that is right for you. For more information, contact Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center at (205) 939.3699 and ask to speak with Dr. Emblom's or Dr. Ryan's appointment scheduler.