Trochanteric Bursitis

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What is Trochanteric Bursitis? 
Trochanteric bursitis presents as burning pain on the side of the hip and can radiate down the outside of the thigh. It is particularly common in female distance runners. It is commonly aggravated by running, climbing stairs and getting in and out of the car.

How Trochanteric Bursitis happens?

Bursae are fluid filled sacks that serve to allow smooth gliding of muscles and tendons over bones. Several factors can contribute to irritation and inflammation of the bursae about the hip. These include overuse, sub-optimal biomechanics, tight muscles, poor hip stability and over pronation of the feet. The sub optimal biomechanics combined with overuse cause the tight muscles around the hip to compress the bursae which when repeated can cause inflamation and pain. With Trochanteric bursitis can also occur following a heavy fall onto the side of your hip.

What Burnie Physiotherapy can do to treat Trochanteric Bursitis

  • Soft tissue massage to release tight muscles including the hip stabilisers and ITB.
  • Specific exercises to loosen or stretch tight structures and strengthen weak muscles. In this condition strengthening of the hip stabilizers is particularly important.
  • Gaitscan and Orthotic prescription
  • Treadmill running analysis to accurately assess any biomechanical abnormalities.

Suitable products for Trochanteric Bursitis

  • Foam Roller: Used to loosen tight muscles around the hip and knee
  • Custom-made Orthotics: To control excessive pronation and align the lower limb
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