What is it?

Trochanteric bursitis is inflammation (swelling) of the bursa (fluid-filled sac near a joint) at the outside point of the hip known as the greater trochanter. When this bursa becomes irritated or inflamed, it causes pain in the hip. This is a common cause of hip pain.

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Signs & symptoms

Trochanteric bursitis typically causes the following symptoms:
* Pain on the outside of the hip and thigh or in the buttock.
* Pain when lying on the affected side.
* Pain when you press in or on the outside of the hip.
* Pain that gets worse during activities such as getting up from a deep chair or getting out of a car.
* Pain with walking up stairs.


To diagnose hip bursitis, the doctor will perform a comprehensive physical examination, looking for tenderness in the area of the point of the hip. They may also perform additional tests to rule out other possible injuries or conditions. These tests can include imaging studies, such as X-rays, bone scanning, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.


Treatment goals include reducing pain and inflammation (swelling), preserving mobility, and preventing disability and recurrence. Treatment recommendations may include a combination of rest, splints, heat and cold application. More advanced treatment options include:
* Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen or naproxen.
* Corticosteroid injections given by your healthcare provider. Injections work quickly to decrease the inflammation and pain.
* Physical therapy that includes range of motion exercises and splinting. This can be very beneficial.
* Surgery, when other treatments are not effective.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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