Trochanteric Bursitis

Trochanteric Bursitis: That pain on the outside of your hip…..

Trochanteric bursitis is the irritation of the bursa at the level of the bony prominence of the hip, called the greater trochanter. This bony landmark constitutes an insertion zone for several muscles, including the gluteus medius, the gluteus minimus and the piriformis.

Activities and sports that require repetitive contraction or tensing of these muscles to stabilize the hip can lead to bursa irritation and sometimes inflammation. Trochanteric bursitis can occur following a fall.

The bursa is a thin sac filled with fluid. The trochanteric bursa is located at hip level between the greater trochanter and the tendons of the gluteus medius and minimus muscles and the piriformis. It acts as a lubricant to reduce friction between the muscles and that bony prominence.

Trochanteric bursitis can produce, but is not limited to, pain on the side of the hip, localized edema due to swelling of the bursa, and reduced mobility at the hip.


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