Trochanteric Bursitis


The greater trochanter is a large projection of the femur bone situated on the upper lateral aspect of the thigh. The trochanteric bursa sits between the greater trochanter and the gluteus maximus muscle. Trochanteric bursitis occurs when the bursa becomes inflamed and is often associated with overuse and repetitive actions involving the hip joint.

Causes: Sports and activities that involve a vigorous amount of walking and running can contribute to the development of trochanteric bursitis. The repetitive motion of the bursa rubbing between the greater trochanter and the gluteus maximus muscle can lead to the associated pain and inflammation. Biomechanical implications may also be associated with the onset of the problem.

Symptoms & Diagnosis: Insidious pain and tenderness on the outer part of the hip and buttocks is the most common complaint reported during the early stages of the injury. Swelling may also exist and the pain may refer down the lateral aspect of the thigh. Exercise that requires repetitive hip flexion and extension such as running, walking and climbing stairs are likely to aggravate the problem.

Management: A skilled physiotherapist will accurately diagnose the problem and provide the correct advice and treatment to help reduce the symptoms and allow a full return to all activities. A biomechanical assessment may be required to treat any underlying factor that may have contributed to the problem. If left untreated, chronic hip pain may develop. The pain may gradually increase and restrict daily life and your favourite sporting & leisure activities.

Please feel free to contact the G4 Clinic to speak to a member of the team for any questions that you may have.

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