Trochanteric bursitis

What is trochanteric bursitis?

Trochanteric bursitis is irritation or inflammation of the trochanteric bursa. A bursa is a fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between tendons, bones and skin. The trochanteric bursa is located on the upper, outer area of the thigh over a bump on the thigh bone (femur) called the greater trochanter.

How does it occur?

The bursa may be inflamed by a group of muscles or tendons rubbing over the bursa causing friction against the thigh bone. This injury can occur with running, walking or biking (especially if the bike seat is too high).

What are the symptoms?

You may have pain in the upper outer area of the thigh or in the hip. The pain is often worse with walking or going up and down stairs. There may be pain with movement of the hip and tenderness occurs over the greater trochanter.

How is it diagnosed?

Your health care provider will perform a physical examination.

Testing such as x-rays or MRI may be performed.

How is it treated?

Treatment may include the following:


Anti-inflammatory medication

Steroid injections

Physical therapy modalities

Specific exercises and stretching

Shoe modification

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