Greater Trochanter Bursitis

Greater Trochanter Bursitis

A bursa is a small jelly-like sac located around most important joints and they act as cushions between bones and overlying soft tissues. The greater trochanter is the bony part of the hip and it is an important attachment point for the muscles that move the hip.  This condition is characterized by the inflammation of the bursae surround this joint.   Symptoms include pain, sharp at first and then becomes more achy,  around the hip and it may radiate to the outside of the thigh. Risk factors include overuse of the hip, previous hip injury, a spinal disease, rheumatoid arthritis and bone spurs.

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The best treatment is an injection of corticosteroid with a local anesthetic and afterward physical therapy can work to stretch out the hip to ease inflammation.