Trochanteric Bursitis

Trochanteric Bursitis

Trochanteric bursitis is inflammation (swelling) of the bursa (jelly-like sac near a joint) at the outside point of the hip known as the greater trochanter. When this bursa becomes inflamed or irritated, they cause a condition known as bursitis which causes pain in the hip it causes pain in the hip. Bursitis are fluid-filled sacs are found around the body and are positioned between bones and soft tissues, acting as cushions to help reduce friction.

Each hip has two major bursae that typically become irritated and inflamed. One bursa covers the bony point of the hip bone which is called the greater trochanter, has a bursa called the trochanteric bursa. (The other bursa, on the inside of the hip area, is called the iliopsoas bursa.)


  • Pain on the outside of the hip or thigh or in the buttock.
  • Pain in sitting with the legs crossed.
  • Pain when touching or pressing on the hip.
  • Pain when sleeping or lying on the affected side.
  • Pain upon getting up from a deep chair or after prolonged sitting.
  • Pain when climbing stairs.
  • Pain in the hip that usually occurs outside of the hip or thigh.
  • Increased pain when running, walking, cycling or standing for long periods of time.
  • Pain when you press in or on the outside of the hip.


  • Repeated overuse or stress of the hip
  • Trauma
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Poor posture
  • Gout
  • Bone spurs or calcium deposits
  • Injury to the point of the hip
  • Infection with bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus (or a staph infection)
  • Diabetes
  • Spine problems, such as scoliosis
  • Uneven leg lengths
  • History of certain chronic diseases
  • Previous surgery
  • Being overweight

Physical therapy at SOS PHYSIO Rehab

Physical therapy will help you in improving flexibility and strengthening your muscles. SOS PHYSIO’s physical therapists will help you minimize pain, regain motion and strength, and return to normal activities in the safest and speediest manner possible. Physical therapy will help you return to your normal lifestyle and activities.

There are many physical therapy treatments such as Manual therapy & Active Release Techniques (ART) are found to be very effective in treating this type of disorder.
For more information- Contact your local SOS PHYSIO clinic.

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