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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

Golfers Elbow

Golfers elbow or medial epicondylitis is a common cause of elbow pain. It is an overuse injury seen commonly in Golfers but also suffered by tennis players who hit a lot of top spin on their forehand shot. 

The muscles that work to produce wrist and finger flexion all attach at a common origin into the medial epicondyle (bony prominence) on the inside of the elbow. During certain activities (such as gripping) repetitive tension is placed through this group of muscles. If this constant strain is excessive the tendons can become overloaded, inflamed and painful. In the older sportsperson the tendons can also begin to show signs of degenerative wear and tear.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

  • Tenderness over the medial (inside) of the elbow which can radiate into the forearm.
  • Pain on resisted wrist flexion and forearm pronation (rotation of the forearm)
  • Pain on passive wrist extension as this places stretch through the tight group of muscles
  • Pain may be aggravated by gripping activities. 

DIAGNOSIS: A physiotherapist should be able to make an accurate diagnosis from your clinical history and examination.

In cases where your condition does not respond to appropriate treatment further investigation such as an ultrasound may be warranted.

READ FULL FACT SHEET HEREGolfers Elbow.pdf

Categories Injury Information Tags elbow pain golfers elbow physio massage rehabilitation