The trochanteric bursa is a sac on the outer upper part of the hip/thigh. It is a fluid filled sac which is designed to protect muscles and tendons as they cross the greater trochanter (a bony prominence on the top end of the femur). Trochanteric bursitis is an inflammation of this bursa. The result is pain as the tendons move over the bone.
What causes hip bursitis?
Whilst there are a number of reasons for this, it is often due to minor trauma or overuse. Different types of patients can experience this type of bursitis:
What can be done about it?
The main aim is to reduce the inflammation. As with any treatment program, always talk with your doctor before initiating any specific treatments. The general treatment consists of:
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