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Trochanteric Bursitis The Most Common Type Of Hip Bursitis

Trochanteric Bursitis The Most Common Type Of Hip Bursitis

What Is A Bursa?

A bursa is a closed fluid-filled sac, bursae function as a gliding surface in the body to reduce friction between moving tissues. Major bursae of the body are located near the large joints of the body like the knees, hips and shoulders… They sit adjacent to the tendons near these large joints and when a bursa becomes inflamed, the resulting condition is known as “bursitis.” An inflamed bursa at the hip is known as hip bursitis.

The Types Of Hip Bursitis

The most common type of hip bursitis is greater trochanteric bursitis, typically referred to as trochanteric bursitis. This form of hip bursitis can cause pain around the lateral hip area.
Ischial bursitis (a hip bursitis that can cause a pain in the upper buttock area) and Iliopsoas bursitis (a bursitis that causes pain in the front of the hip area) are other common types of hip bursitis. However these other conditions are not the purpose of this article. Hence in what follows when I reference “hip bursitis” I will be referring exclusively to trochanteric bursitis throughout the remainder of this blog.

What Is Trochanteric Bursitis


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Trochanteric bursitis is the most common form of bursitis at the hip and frequently causes pain and tenderness to be felt in the outer hip area. The superficial trochanteric bursa lies over the prominent bone on the side of your hip.

  • Pain associated with trochanteric bursitis often causes dull burning pain on the outer hip and thigh which may radiate as far as the knee.
  • Pain in this location may make it difficult for individuals affected to lie on the involved side, often causing disturbed sleep.
  • The pain with trochanteric bursitis may be made worse when getting up from a deep chair after a period of prolonged sitting or sitting with crossed legs.
  • The pain with hip bursitis may be made worse with walking, negotiating stairs and exercise.

Disclaimer: Sydney Physio Clinic provides this information as an educational service and is not intended to serve as medical advice. Anyone seeking specific advice or assistance on Trochanteric Bursitis The Most Common Type Of Hip Bursitis should consult his or her physiotherapist, general practitioner or sports medicine specialist.

Hayden Latimer is the founder of and principle physiotherapist at Sydney Physio Clinic. Since graduating from Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand he’s gained wide experience practicing across the globe for over 15 years and is now extremely knowledgeable in helping people reduce discomfort and restore function and mobility.


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