Hip Pain – Trochanteric Bursitis

Trochanteric bursitis is inflammation and swelling of the bursa located between the point of the hip (trochanter) and the overlying gluteal muscles. (A bursa is a fluid-filled sac which allows adjacent tissues to slide over one another without friction.) It occurs when the trochanteric bursa is irritated and this commonly results from excessive friction on the bursa.

Symptoms of Trochanteric Bursitis

  • Pain over the outside of the hip
  • Pain down the outside of the thigh as far down as the knee
  • Pain aggravated by hip movements such as walking, running, stair climbing, leg crossing and getting in and out of the car
  • The area may be tender to touch and warm

Rehabilitation Programs

Depending on the severity of the injury, these can include:

  • Draining the bursa
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medication
  • Anti-inflammatory injections directly into the bursa to stimulate healing

Shock Wave Therapy & Trochanteric Bursitis

According to a study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, patients receiving shock wave therapy for tronchanteric bursitis had both short-term improvement in their condition that continued 12 months after treatment and concluded that shock wave therapy is an effective treatment for greater trochanteric pain syndrome.

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