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Apr 21, 2015

Trochanteric Bursitis

What is it? Trochanteric bursitis is one of the common causes of pain on the lateral (outside) of the hip and is the result of inflammation of the superficial (& deep in severe cases) trochanteric bursa.

In some cases inflammation of theese two bursae can be accompianed by local tendonitis or inflammation of the gluteal tendons & hip rotator muscles. 

What is a bursa? Bursa are small sacs or ‘cushions’ of fluid found throughout the body. They sit between tendons & bones  to allow tendons to slide without friction over bony sirfaces. When these sacs get inflammed or irritated they can cause pain.

Why? Trochanteric bursitis can occur as an overuse injury due repetitive friction of the gluteal tendons as they pass over the greater trochanter during activites such as running and cycling. In these cases there is usually biomechanical deficienies that need addressing. It can also be of acute onset from a direct blow or fall onto the lateral side of the hip.

What are the signs & symptoms?

  • Pain & swelling on the side of the hip
  • Pain may travel down the outside of the thigh
  • Pain aggravated by lying on affected side
  • Pain made worse by activities such as climbing stairs, crossing & uncrossing legs, rising from a low seated position, running & cycling.
  • Tenderness directly over the greater trochanter.

Read Full Fact Sheet HERE -  trochanteric bursitis.pdf

Categories Injury Information Tags hip pain trochanteric bursitis bursitis physio