The hip is a complex ball and socket joint that comprised of the head of the femur (ball) and the bowl shaped part of the pelvis (socket) called the acetabulum which is Latin for vinegar cup. Due to its complexity the hip joint relies on many soft tissue structures such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments to provide movement and stability and, as a result, is susceptible to various types of injuries and overuse conditions.
One such condition is called trochanteric bursitis or inflammation of the trochanteric bursa. Located on the outer part of the upper leg bone (femur) is a bony protrusion known as the greater trochanter. This bony landmark acts as an attachment site for several muscles of the hip that provide movement and stability. As a muscle nears its end point, the muscle fibers converge into tendons which in turn attach to bone. Occasionally the area between the tendon and bone or between the tendon and other muscles will reside a small fluid fill sac called a bursa. The bursa has one specific job and that is to reduce the amount of friction or rub between these two structures. Sometimes if the friction on these structures becomes too great or there is trauma to the bursa, then inflammation can occur. When inflammation occurs in the trochanteric bursa the result can be intense pain with movement or when pressure is applied to the region. This pain can be so great that it can significantly decrease a person’s tolerance to walking and even general activities of daily living. One may have difficulty lying on their side and even acquire a limp when walking. Trochanteric bursitis can occur in anyone but is extremely common in individuals who are extremely active in walking, running, and cycling. If you or anyone you know is experiencing pain on the side of your hip and you suspect trochanteric bursitis to be the culprit, please don’t hesitate to call us at Elite Physical Therapy and Balance Center. We would love to assist you in returning to a pain free lifestyle.
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:
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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.