WHAT IS TROCHANTERIC BURSITIS?
Trochanteric bursitis is inflammation of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac near the lateral point of the hip joint known as the greater trochanter. When this bursa becomes irritated or inflamed, it causes pain in the hip. This is a common cause of hip pain.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES?
One of the common causes is injury to the lateral point of the hip, which includes falling onto the hip, bumping the hip into an object, or lying on one side of the body for an extended period. Also playing or working activities that cause overuse or injury to the joint areas including running up stairs, climbing, or standing for long periods of time. Some spinal conditions such as incorrect posture caused by scoliosis, arthritis of the lumbar spine and other spine problems are also some causes.
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS?
Treatments include a combination of rest, splints, heat, and cold application. More advanced treatments include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroid injections, physical therapy that includes range of motion exercises and splinting, and surgery, if other treatments have not been effective.