What is Trochanteric Bursitis?

Trochanteric bursitis is inflammation of the thin sack of fluid overlying the bony part at the side of the hip. It has been associated with female runners due to repetitive trauma of the iliotibial band tracking over the bursa. More commonly it is associated with degeneration of the tendons which insert into the bone near the bursa similar to rotator cuff tendonitis in the shoulder.

What are the Symptoms?

Pain and tenderness on the side of the hip. The pain may be worse when walking or lying on that side in bed at night.

What is the Treatment?

The vast majority of cases, even with a tear of the tendon, can be managed with non-surgical treatment such as simple analgesics, anti-inflammatory medication, injections and physiotherapy.

Rarely, a tendon tear may benefit from surgical repair if it does not respond to other forms of treatment.