Trochanteric bursitis, also known as hip bursitis, is a common problem causing pain in the hip and along the outer upper thigh. Bursitis refers to inflammation of a bursa (fluid-filled sacs that cushion joints), and trochanter refers to the top end of the femur (thigh bone). Most common in runners, the condition can affect cyclists, soccer players and football players as well. It can also result from a direct blow or fall onto the side of the hip. In addition, patients who’ve had a hip replacement or surgery for a hip fracture sometimes develop the problem.
Our Approach to Trochanteric Bursitis
The orthopedic medicine team at UCSF includes primary care sports medicine doctors; orthopedic surgeons who specialize in sports injuries, including hip conditions; athletic trainers; and physical therapists. These experts work together to relieve pain and restore mobility, so that patients can return to their normal lives and favorite activities.
Most people with trochanteric bursitis recover with simple measures, such as rest, applying ice to the area, specific stretching exercises and use of oral anti-inflammatory medications. If these first-line treatments fail, certain injections may provide relief. For persistent cases, surgery is an option.
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