Trochanteric Bursitis Treated by Mercy Orthopedic Specialists

Orthopedics and Joint Replacement - Mercy

Patients from across the greater Baltimore area turn to the orthopedic specialists at Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy for their expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of hip conditions, including trochanteric bursitis.

About the Condition

Trochanteric bursitis, also known as hip bursitis, is an inflammation of the bursa. The bursa are fluid-filled sacs that provide a cushion between bones and soft tissues like muscles and tendons. Trochanteric bursitis can develop over time from repeated friction, excessive pressure, hip injury or muscle tears.

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

The most common symptom of hip bursitis is pain; either in the groin or the outer hip. Pain can range from a sharp pain to a dull ache. Some people suffering from trochanteric bursitis may notice swelling, tenderness, redness or fever. Many patients notice pain when walking down stairs or laying down on the affected hip.

A doctor will conduct a physical exam of the hip as part of the diagnostic process. A doctor may also request X-rays, bone scanning or MRI to rule out other injuries or conditions.

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Treatment Options

Possible treatment options for bursitis include:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Assistive devices (cane, crutches)
  • Steroid injections

If the bursitis is severe, a doctor will work with the patient to determine if surgical intervention is necessary. This is often the last option if all other treatment options fail.