Trochanteric bursitis is a condition in which the small sacs of fluid, also referred to as bursae, which provide lubrication and cushion to the areas between the tendons and bones become inflamed. The greater trochanter is a large sac of lubricating fluid located on the outside and upper end of the femur. At this location the large muscles of the buttocks connect to the femur. The greater trochanter can become irritated due to numerous causes or injury. When this inflammation occurs, trochanteric bursitis develops. Some causes of trochanteric bursitis include: overuse, injury, bone spurs or calcium deposits, or complications from hematoma. In some cases, trochanteric bursitis develops on its own. Sufferers of trochanteric bursitis typically complain of stiffness in the hip and pain in the large greater trochanter area, or bump, that makes up the top of the femur. If you suffer from trochanteric bursitis Genesis Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has treatment options available.
Genesis Orthopedics & Sports Medicine uses cortisone injections for reducing pain and inflammation for an array of joint injuries. In trochanteric bursitis a cortisone injection may be administered into the bursa to reduce pain and resolve symptoms.
Physical therapy is the primary treatment option for individuals suffering from trochanteric bursitis with the objective of strengthening the iliotibial band and decreasing inflammation to reduce pain and restore the hip to its normal range of motion. Consult a physician at Genesis Orthopedics & Sports Medicine for a recommended physical therapy plan.