Trochanteric Bursitis

Bursae are fluid filled sacs that act to reduce friction between bones, tendons and/or muscles surrounding certain joints. The superficial trochanteric bursa is located over the greater trochanter, the prominent bone on the side of the hip and is the most commonly irritated bursa, while the deep trochanteric bursa lies further beneath the hip tissues and only becomes irritated in more severe cases.

Trochanteric bursitis is typically caused by repetitive trauma to the bursa from activities such as running, walking and cycling, however other factors that increase the risk of developing trochanteric bursitis include scoliosis, leg length deficiency, muscle imbalances, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and calcium deposition disorders.

Trochanteric bursitis presents as pain and swelling on the outside of the hip, pain travelling down the outside of the thigh, pain when sleeping on that side, pain from prolonged sitting, pain with climbing stairs and increased pain with activities such as walking, jogging, cycling or prolonged standing.

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