One of the more common injuries which occurs at the hip is called greater trochanter bursitis. Trochanteric bursitis, inflammation of the trochanteric bursa, often results from repetitive actions such as climbing stairs when carrying heavy objects or running on a steeply elevated hill. One of the functions of this bursa is to allow the gluteus maximus to smoothly glide over a process known as greater trochanter of the femur.
Several symptoms are associated with trochanteric bursitis, which includes:
1. Deep diffuse pain located on the side of the hip.
2. Point tenderness over the greater trochanter.
3. Radiating pain along the outside of the leg, which can extend to the outside of the knee.
Treatment of trochanteric bursitis often includes:
1. Treatment of trochanteric bursitis often includes reducing or limiting the activity, which caused the occurrence.
2. Addressing any biomechanical dysfunction such as flat feet, leg length discrepancies, etc.
3. Anti-inflammatory modalities, which include ultrasound, electrical stimulation, iontophoresis, ice.
4. And finally strengthening and flexibility exercises to the hip musculature.
If you have any additional questions with regards to trochanteric bursitis, please feel free to call a physical therapist at East Suburban Sports Medicine Center.