Trochanteric Bursitis

trochanteric_bursitisDiagnoses: Bursa are small sacs that contain fluid. They are located between bones and soft tissue to provide cushion and prevent excess friction. When bursa become inflamed and irritated, the condition is referred to as bursitis. Bursitis of the hip typically occurs over a body prominence of the femur called the greater trochanter.

Symptoms: Bursitis typically causes pain on the outside of the hip directly over the bone. It can begin as a sharp and intense pain and progress into more of an ache over a greater area of the thigh. Pain is usually more intense at night and a person might have difficulty lying on the affected side. Pain may also increase while transitioning from a sitting to standing position.

Causes: Hip bursitis is most common in middle aged and elderly women. Risk factors have been associated with:

  • Repetitive stress
  • Leg length inequality
  • Bone spurs
  • Spine pathologies
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Trauma to Bursa

Our Physical Therapy Treatment: Treatment will be dependent on the patient and their response to exercise. Treatment might include:

  • Mechanical diagnoses/treatment
  • Stretching exercises
  • Lower extremity strengthening exercises
  • Manual mobilizations
  • Rule out spine pathology
  • Soft tissue mobilizations
  • Task specific performance analysis