Trochanteric bursitis is a common problem that affects the hip. It causes pain and tenderness on the outside of the hip. The trochanteric bursa is a fluid-filled sac that is located between the hip and the tendons of the thigh, and for a number of reasons this bursa can become inflamed. Trochanteric bursitis is more common in women than in men and is most common in the middle aged or elderly.
The main symptoms of bursitis are pain, swelling and tenderness in the affected area.
How do we treat bursitis at the Mansfield Clinic?
The first step in treatment of bursitis is to use simple measures such as ice packs, painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication.
If the swelling caused by bursitis is particularly severe, or it does not respond to simple treatment, steroid injections introduced into the inflamed bursa are another possible treatment option.
Trochanteric bursitis can be caused by:
Symptoms of trochanteric bursitis include:
Dr Allfree will ask about your medical history, and examine your hip. The diagnosis of trochanteric bursitis is usually quite straightforward, but sometimes further investigations may be necessary to rule out other causes of hip pain. These may include:
There are a number of simple measures that can be done at home, including:
If home treatment proves insufficient, Dr Allfree may suggest other treatments, including:
Surgical removal of the bursa is usually only used in a very small percentage of people when other treatments have not been successful. This usually takes 20 to 30 minutes and is carried out under a general anaesthetic. If surgical advice is required, Dr Allfree will help you with the referral arrangements.