Trochanteric Bursitis

Do you have hip pain that is bothering you at night when laying on that side? Do you also notice the pain when getting up from a chair after sitting for a while? You could have trochanteric bursitis. Continue reading to find out more information.

WHAT IS TROCHANTERIC BURSITIS?

You have fluid-filled sacs around your joints, called bursa, to help reduce friction between the soft tissues in your body. Sometimes these bursae can become irritated or inflamed. When this happens, this is referred to as bursitis.

Bursitis over your hip bone (also known as the greater trochanter) is called Trochanteric Bursitis. 

WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE?

Trochanteric Bursitis can feel like pain over your hip bone that can radiate down the side of your thigh. The pain can feel like an ache or sharp pain.

It can feel worse when lying on the affected hip, getting up from a chair after sitting for a long period of time, walking, climbing or squatting for long periods.

CAUSES/CONTRIBUTING FACTORS/RISK FACTORS FOR TROCHANTERIC BURSITIS

-Overuse from activities such as running, climbing stairs, or standing for long periods of time

– Direct trauma to the hip e.g. falling onto your hip

-Surgery: surgery around the hip could potentially irritate the bursa

– Conditions or factors that affect your walking pattern, such as arthritis, scoliosis and leg length differences, as a change in your walking pattern can irritate the hip bursa

HOW CAN OSTEOPATHY TREATMENT HELP?

Osteopathic treatment is customised to each individual patient, however reducing tightness in the surrounding muscles with treatment techniques such as soft tissue massage and stretching can be beneficial. Your osteopath may also use dry needling to reduce tightness in the surrounding muscles. You may be given stretches to do at home, to further reduce muscle tightness, and exercises to strengthen the surrounding muscles of your hip.

If you have hip pain that is bugging you or getting in the way of your day-to-day activities, our practitioners would love to be able to help you! Book online, or give us a call on 9363 4100.