Greater trochanteric bursitis is a condition that affects the bursa sacs, which are small fluid-filled sacs that cushion the joints, tendons, and muscles. The greater trochanteric bursa is located in the hip, near the top of the femur bone. When this bursa becomes irritated or inflamed, it can lead to greater trochanteric bursitis. Thomas & Bigler Knee & Shoulder Institute, led by board certified orthopedic surgeons Dr. Steven C. Thomas and Dr. Gregory T. Bigler provides treatment of greater trochanteric bursitis to patients in Las Vegas, Nevada as well as greater Pahrump, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu, and Mesquite, NV.
Causes of Greater Trochanteric Bursitis
There are several causes of greater trochanteric bursitis. One of the most common causes is repetitive stress on the hip joint. This can occur in athletes who participate in activities that require repetitive hip movements, such as running or cycling. Another cause of greater trochanteric bursitis is trauma to the hip, such as a fall or a direct blow to the hip.
Other factors that can contribute to the development of greater trochanteric bursitis include:
- Poor posture
- Tight hip muscles
- Bone spurs
Symptoms of Greater Trochanteric Bursitis
The symptoms of greater trochanteric bursitis can vary from person to person. Some common symptoms include:
- Pain on the outside of the hip
- Pain that increases when lying on the affected side
- Pain that radiates down the thigh
- Stiffness in the hip joint
- Swelling over the hip joint
- Tenderness when pressing on the hip joint
If left untreated, greater trochanteric bursitis can lead to chronic pain and discomfort, which can impact a person’s ability to perform daily activities.
Treatment Options for Greater Trochanteric Bursitis
There are several treatment options for greater trochanteric bursitis. The first step in treating this condition is to rest the affected hip joint. This can help to reduce inflammation and pain. Ice packs and anti-inflammatory medications can also be used to reduce pain and swelling.
Physical therapy is another treatment option for greater trochanteric bursitis. A physical therapist can help to improve hip strength and flexibility, which can reduce the risk of future injuries. They may also use techniques such as massage and stretching to relieve pain and discomfort.
In some cases, orthopedic surgery may be necessary to treat greater trochanteric bursitis. This is especially true if the condition is caused by bone spurs or other structural issues in the hip joint. An orthopedic surgeon can evaluate the hip joint and determine if surgery is necessary.
If you are experiencing symptoms of greater trochanteric bursitis, it is important to consult with an orthopedic surgeon or other healthcare professional. They can provide a comprehensive evaluation and recommend the best treatment options for your specific needs. Board certified orthopedic surgeons Dr. Steven C. Thomas and Dr. Gregory T. Bigler provides treatment of greater trochanteric bursitis to patients in Las Vegas, Nevada as well as greater Pahrump, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu, and Mesquite, NV.
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