Trochanteric Bursitis Treatment

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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.

Trochanteric Bursitis Treatment Singapore

Trochanteric Bursitis Treatment Singapore

What are the symptoms of Trochanteric Bursitis?

  • Insidious onset
  • Pain on the outside of hip, often exacerbated by lying on the affected side
  • Pain may extend down the outside of your leg towards your knee
  • Pain with long periods of walking and / or sitting
  • Pain at night may make it difficult to sleep
  • Soreness or stiffness of the hip
  • Can occur in both hips, with one worse than the other
  • Pain with hip movements (i.e. pulling knee to chest, rotations of lower leg)

What are the causes of Trochanteric Bursitis?

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.

How’s Trochanteric Bursitis Diagnosed?

  • History and physical examination.
  • A physical examination will be done to determine how much stiffness you have in the hip and if you have a limp.
  • X-rays will most likely be ordered to make sure that there are no other abnormalities in the hip. X-rays will usually not show trochanteric bursitis. If X-rays are suggested they are to rule out other problems that may be causing your hip pain. Sometimes it is difficult to tell whether the pain you are suffering is from trochanteric bursitis or underlying arthritis of the hip joint. An X-ray may give more information about the condition of the hip joint itself.

Trochanteric Bursitis Treatment

Trochanteric bursitis treatment 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.

The most effective non-surgical trochanteric bursitis treatment is the combination of corticosteroid injection and oral medications, and physical therapy.

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