Hip Bursitis

What is Hip Bursitis?

Trochanteric bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa which lies over the prominent bone on the outside of the hip. A bursa is a small cushioning sac located where tendons pass over areas of bone around the joints.

The trochanteric bursa may become inflamed by a group of muscles or tendons rubbing over the bursa causing friction against the thigh bone. There is usually a gradual onset of symptoms, as a result of repetitive trauma to the bursa from activities such as hill walking, running or cycling. The condition can be secondary to chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis, scoliosis (curvature of the spine), weak hip muscles and unequal leg length. Trochanteric bursitis may also occur traumatically, such as from a fall, or as a result of a sporting impact.

The common symptoms are pain and swelling over the side of the hip. There is often referred pain that travels down the side of the thigh and sometimes to the knee. The symptoms are generally aggravated by lying on the affected side; when rising from a seated position after prolonged sitting; and prolonged periods of standing, climbing stairs, walking, running and cycling. The symptoms can be severe and very debilitating. Unfortunately, the symptoms often persist despite prolonged periods of rest and a course of anti-inflammatory medication and pain killers.

Our physiotherapists can diagnose a bursitis following a full assessment of the hip, back and pelvis. Treatment can include corticosteroid injections and other pain relieving modalities such as acupuncture, electrotherapy and soft tissue massage / trigger point massage.

A combination of a cortisone injection and physiotherapy is the most successful treatment of this condition. They will often settle severe and debilitating symptoms within a few sessions.

We offer cortisone injections at our physiotherapy clinics. Don't let this condition restrict your activities any longer, give us a call today.

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