Greater Trochanteric Bursitis refers to swelling and inflammation of the bursa due to constant friction with the greater trochanter. The greater trochanter is a protrusion of the femur bone on the outside of the thigh, creating the hip. A bursa is a fluid-filled, slippery sac that lies between the bone and the skin. It allows the bone to glide smoothly beneath the skin. When the bursa cannot properly cushion the greater trochanter, it will cause further irritation with movements at the hip joint.
- Burning pain on side of thigh that may radiate to buttock or front of hip
- Pain worsens with pressure, such as sleeping on the affected side
- Increased pain when getting up from seated position, walking, and navigating stairs
- Excessive, repetitive activities (e.g. long distance running)
- Traumatic injuries to the hip
- Uneven alignment of pelvis or leg length discrepancy or muscle imbalances
- Tightness of Iliotibial Band
PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR
GREATER TROCHANTERIC BURSITIS
Modalities, such as ultrasound and ice, will help reduce inflammation and swelling of the bursa. Myofascial release and stretching of the tight muscles around the hip joint will help prevent further irritation to this area. Your therapist will also review sleeping positions and activity or exercise modifications to avoid pressure on the bursa. As your symptoms improve over the course of 4-6 weeks of physical therapy, you will be instructed in progressively challenging exercises that target the core and specific hip muscles, to correct muscle imbalance and pelvic alignment.