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Trochanteric Bursitis

What is trochanteric bursitis?

The trochanteric bursa is a small, fluid-filled sac located around the hip and acts as a pad over a bony spot called the greater trochanter at the side of the hip. If this sac is inflamed because of pressure, injury or overuse, it is called trochanteric bursitis. Often hip pain is associated with trochanter bursitis.

What causes bursitis of the hip?

Bursitis of the hip, or trochanteric bursitis, is usually caused by overusing the hip or acute injury. Other possible causes of hip bursitis are muscle tears, other hip injuries, hip surgery complications, poor posture, and diseases such as arthritis or gout.

Trochanteric Bursitis Treatment

A conservative approach is usually taken to treat hip bursitis. The following may ease the symptoms and reduce pain:

  • Rest
  • Reduced activity
  • Ice
  • Physical Therapy / Stretching
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Antibiotics
  • Cortisone injection

Trochanteric bursitis doesn’t usually require surgery unless the issue persists and doesn’t respond to the conservative treatment.

  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • International Society for Hip Arthroscopy
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Ambra Health
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