Trochanteric Bursitis

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What Is Trochanteric Bursitis?

Trochanteric bursitis is an inflammation in the sac of fluid (bursa) that surrounds the outside bone, or trochanter, of your hip. The lower outside part of your hip will hurt, and moving hurts. Lying on hip will cause pain, as will pressure on the area. Trochanteric bursitis of the hips symptoms make transitioning from sitting to standing, or climbing stairs, challenging.

Trochanteric bursitis causes and risk factors

You can get trochanteric bursitis if you fall on the hip, have bad posture, or have had a previous hip injury or surgery. If you run or bike, continued friction and rapid movement in the hip joint also can cause the condition. Women and middle aged or elderly people get the condition more often.

Trochanteric bursitis complications

The condition will usually resolve itself with home treatment, but severe cases require a steroid injection into the bursa.

Make an appointment for trochanteric bursitis

To schedule an appointment, contact UPMC Sports Medicine at 1-855-93-SPORT (77678).

Trochanteric Bursitis Symptoms and Diagnosis

Trochanteric bursitis symptoms

Symptoms of Trochanteric Bursitis include:

  • Pain in the hip when moving the joint
  • Pain when you lie on the affected side of the body
  • Tenderness in the hip
  • Limping
  • Soreness or swelling in the hip

The pain may spread down your leg toward the knee.

Trochanteric bursitis diagnosis

A visit to a medical professional can diagnose the inflammation of the bursa that causes trochanteric bursitis without additional testing.

Tests for trochanteric bursitis rule out a bone issue. Trochanteric bursitis diagnostic tests can include:

  • X-ray,
  • Bone scan,
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).

Make an appointment for trochanteric bursitis

To schedule an appointment, contact UPMC Sports Medicine at 1-855-93-SPORT (77678).

Trochanteric Bursitis Treatment

Treatment for trochanteric bursitis pain includes:

  • Ice
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Exercises, physical therapy, and stretches
  • A steroid injection

You will need to take a break from the activity that caused your trochanteric bursitis. Surgery may be required if the above treatments fail to alleviate symptoms.

Make an appointment for Trochanteric Bursitis treatment

To schedule an appointment, contact UPMC Sports Medicine at 1-855-93-SPORT (77678).