What is Trochanteric Bursitis?
bursitis is just one of many common causes of hip pain among athletes.
If you have pain on
the outside of your hip, you may be suffering from this sports injury.
Read on to learn more, and for treatment options.
This is a part of the femur, the large
bone that makes up your thigh. It actually sticks out from the side of
the hip, and is surrounded by several different soft tissues.
the greater trochanter sticks out, it is susceptible to friction
between the bone and the muscles, especially the Iliotibial Band
, or IT Band.
The trochanteric bursa is a small fluid filled sack
that sits between the muscles and the greater trochanter in your hip.
It is there to reduce friction between the muscles and bone as you move
With activities like running, jumping,
and squatting, the muscles repetitively move over the bone, and over
time this can cause an irritation of the bursa. Bursitis
is an inflammation of the
Muscle tightness is the most
common cause of bursitis. The Iliotibial Band, or IT Band
is a big culprit in trochanteric bursitis.
band runs along the outside of the hip, and the tendon actually moves
over the greater trochanter everytime you lift your knee and flex your
Think about how many times you do this every
time you play basketball, or go for a run. If the IT Band is tight,
this increased friction will irritate the bursa, and may cause pain
Another cause is
direct injury to the outside of the hip.
sports like football and rugby can cause this type of injury, where you
land forcefully or are hit on the outside of your hip. This causes
bruising and irritation of the bursa.
Rest is the best
initial treatment for trochanteric bursitis. This will allow for your
body to start healing, and for the inflammation of the bursa to
subside. During the first few days, ice will help to reduce your pain
and symptoms. Ice massage
is the most effective
way to ice this injury.
Once your pain has
decreased, gentle stretching of the hip muscles
help to reduce the stress on the bursa. A good flexibility program can
help treat this injury.
It is also a good idea to
see your doctor or athletic trainer
if you are having
hip pain. This is the best way to know exactly what is wrong, and the
appropriate treatment options.
bursitis is an inflammation of the trochanteric bursa in your hip. It
can be caused by muscle tightness, repetitive motions, over training,
or dirct injury to the hip. Rest, ice, and gentle stretching are good
treatments, along with seeing your doctor for evaluation.
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