Hip Pain

Trochanteric bursitis

What does it mean?

Trochanteric bursitis is a cause of pain on the side of the hip. This is usually an inflammation in the bursa, which is a soft, fluid filled sac that helps reduced friction between the bone and the muscles and tendons running over it. There may also be pain down the side of your thigh.

What causes this problem?

  • Usually caused by overuse or sudden twisting movement
  • Sometimes long walks, especially hill walking, can irritate the bursa.
  • An injury where you have fallen on to the hip.

What are the signs and symptoms?

  • Pain which is worse with walking or stair climbing.
  • Tenderness on the side of the hip causing pain when lying down on your side.
  • Sometimes you may get referred pain the side of the thigh

How do I manage this problem?

  • Rest
  • Ice packs or frozen peas wrapped in a damp tea towel for a maximum of 15 minutes every 3-4 hours
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Exercises to improve the strength and control of your hip.

What other treatments are available?

If the pain is severe and remains unsettled, a local steroid injection into the bursa may help reduce the inflammation and pain.

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