Trochanteric Bursitis

Trochanteric bursitis, also known as hip bursitis, is a very common hip problem that causes pain along the outside of the upper thigh.

Hip bursitis can occur in athletes who do a lot of running as part of their training. It is most common in runners, but is seen in cyclists, soccer players and football players as well. It can also occur after a fall onto the hip and may be associated with bruising in the area. Finally, hip bursitis is seen in patients who have had a hip fracture surgery or hip replacement, when the surgery causes irritation of the bursa – a small, fluid-filled sac – overlying the bony part of the hip bone, called the greater trochanter.

Our Approach to Trochanteric Bursitis

Most people with trochanteric bursitis recover with simple measures, such as rest and targeted stretching. If these first-line treatments fail, cortisone injections can provide relief. For very persistent cases, surgery is an option.

Our team includes highly trained orthopedic surgeons, as well as physical therapists who focus on working with orthopedic and sports medicine patients. We work together to relieve pain and restore mobility, so patients can return to their normal lives and the activities they enjoy. We offer doctor's appointments, medical imaging and physical therapy in one convenient location.

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UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.