Bursitis of the Hip (Trochanteric Bursitis)

This is an irritation or swelling of the trochanteric bursa. 

what is it?

This is an irritation or swelling of the Trochanteic  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.

what causes it?

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.

signs and symptoms

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.

non-surgical treatment

Treatment options include rest, medications and physical therapy. You may benefit from the temporary use of a cane or crutches. 

surgical treatment

If a non-surgical,  conservative treatment plan is not helpful, you may benefit from surgery. Our hip preservation specialist, Benton A. Emblom, MD, is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon who commonly diagnoses and treats avascular hip bursitis. If non-surgical, conservative treatment is not effective, you may benefit from an arthroscopic surgical procedure. 

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