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Trochanteric Bursitis (Hip) treatment guide

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Guide Overview

A brief summary of what you'll find inside our treatment guide.

Definition

Trochanteric Bursitis, or ‘runners hip’ as it’s more commonly known is a chronic condition, which means that it often develops over a long period.

The trochanteric bursa is a pad of connective tissue that sits between the bone at the side of the hip and a long tendon that runs down the outside of the leg called the iliotibial band.

The bursa works like a cushion and protects both the hip bone and the iliotibial band from becoming damaged when the two structures rub over each other when we walk or run.

Causes (Aetiology)

Trochanteric Bursitis occurs when excessive pressure or friction between the hip bone and the iliotibial band causes the bursa to become irritated, painful, and sore.

Signs and symptoms

Trochanteric Bursitis often feels better with rest and a little pain relief but without effective rehabilitation, it always comes back when returning to normal activity, sport or exercise.

Symptoms include:

  • Pain which is worse after exercise, walking, or climbing stairs

  • Tenderness when the outside of the hip is touched or pressed

  • Radiating pain into the buttock or down the outside of the leg to the knee

  • Discomfort when lying on the side in bed

Acute phase management

Most people fail in their treatment of Trochanteric Bursitis because they are unable to identify the cause of their pain. Once the source has been identified, effective steps can be taken to manage the symptoms.

Our treatment guide will help you to identify what’s causing your pain and create the right conditions to begin effective rehabilitation.

Post-acute phase management

Post-acute phase rehabilitation involves the staged introduction of isometric, concentric and eccentric muscle stretches, scar tissue removal, and proprioceptive exercises to take the pressure off the bursa and strengthen the connective tissues.

Condition-specific exercises will help you achieve a full, pain-free range of movement to stop the symptoms coming back.

Prognosis

Trochanteric Bursitis responds well to self-treatment and conservative care; although recovery times are dependent on the severity of the condition.

Our treatment guide provides comprehensive tips and advice to achieve a full recovery in the shortest possible time.

Complications

If you follow the treatment guide correctly and are diligent with the rehabilitation programme, then complications are unlikely.

Without correct rehabilitation, the condition tends not to resolve. In severe cases, the bursa becomes infected and can burst which is extremely painful.

Periodic stretching and joint mobilisation to reduce pressure and inflammation over the bursa are some of the techniques contained in our clinically proven treatment guide to help prevent reoccurrence.

Start today and fast track your recovery!

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You can save hundreds of pounds or dollars on expensive physical therapy by treating the condition simply and effectively at home.

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