Once the proper diagnosis is made and it is determined that the cause of your hip pain is trochanteric bursitis or inflammation of the trochanteric bursa, your treatment process will begin. Physical therapy for trochanteric bursitis will be geared towards reducing inflammation in and around the bursa and addressing the soft tissue structures that may be contributing to this painful condition. Special exercises will be delegated to you by your therapist following your evaluation that will focus on bringing a balance of strength and flexibility to the hip region to take excess stress from the bursa. Some specific stretches that you can expect to perform are as follows:
- Hamstring stretches
- Iliotibial band stretches
- Gluteal stretches
Over tightness in the hip musculature leading to bursa irritation can also be the result of poor muscle balance around the hip. When weakness is present in some areas of the hip it can result in over activity of other muscle groups or compensation. Eccentric strengthening exercises have shown to be effective with trochanteric bursitis. An eccentric exercise is one where the muscle is contracting as it lengthens. Think of slowly lowering your leg after you have lifted it out to the side. Strengthening exercises that are common with trochanteric bursitis therapy may include.
- Eccentric hip abduction
- Wall squats
During your time in our therapy clinic your therapist may find it suitable to use various types of manual treatments as part of your treatment plan. Manual techniques include treatments such as hands on stretching of the hip muscles and soft tissue massage to relax the muscle tissue and promote muscle length for improved hip mobility. Other types of treatments called modalities can help with pain management and assist with decreasing inflammation and may be prescribed during your therapy sessions. One particular modality that you may receive during physical therapy is called iontophoresis where a medication patch is applied to the area of injury and a low grade electrical current is used to drive the medicine deep into the tissue to decrease pain and inflammation. Other modalities may include interferential current (IFC) and cold packs. IFC is another form of electrical stimulation that is applied around the area of pain and causes a disruption in the pain signals that are being sent to your nervous system. This type of treatment combined with cold packs can greatly decrease pain and soreness associated with trochanteric bursitis.
If you are experiencing any kind of hip pain or have been diagnosed with Trochanteric Bursitis, contact us for a free consultation. To request an appointment, click here, or call directly to one of our three locations during regular business hours:
Cool Springs: 615-224-9810
Spring Hill: 931-489-2022
Disclaimer: The information in this blog is intended to be informational only, and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical care. Consult a doctor or a physical therapist before attempting treatment on your own.