Trochanteric Bursitis

What is Trochanteric Bursitis?

The ending of the word “itis” is defined as inflammation. Therefore, bursitis is inflammation of a bursa. A bursa is a fluid-filled sac that sits between muscles or tissues to cushion and reduce friction. In the hip, there is a rather large bursa on the outside between the bony area (trochanter) and the thick band of tissue stretching from your hip to your knee (iliotibial band). This is called the trochanteric bursa.

This bursa can often become inflamed due to abnormal joint movements, repetitive movements, and weakness of the surrounding musculature. This causes strain to the tissues and excessive friction on the bursa. When the bursa is inflamed, people tend to feel pain with prolonged walking or standing and the outer hip and thigh can be tender to touch.

How physical therapy helps:

Physical therapy is the first line in conservative treatment for trochanteric bursitis. Since most bursitis is due to underlying abnormal movement and weakness, our physical therapists evaluate your movement to pinpoint the source of the symptoms. Modalities may be used to alleviate pain and discomfort, while hands-on therapy improves joint mechanics, and range of motion.

Finally, exercises for strength and joint coordination help to restore stability to the hip and surrounding joints. To find out more on how we can help your hip bursitis call Bay State Physical Therapy today!