Ready for a couple of big words?
As with all other words ending with “-itis” in pathology, this term indicates an inflammatory condition of the tissue. In this case the inflamed tissue is… you guessed it, the Trochanteric Bursa! A bursa is a small sac of fluid that naturally occurs near the major joints in the body. It acts as a cushion, allowing the tendons and muscles around the joint to slide easily and reduce the friction. So where the heck is the trochanteric bursa? Right near the greater trochanter of course! If you’re still lost, you can have a look at the photo… The greater trochanter is part of the femur, on the outside of your hip joint. The trochanteric bursa can become inflamed with excessive repetitive motion. For example, if a person who is not conditioned to running decides suddenly to go for an intense run, bursitis can quickly develop. The likelihood is increased if the person has poor running technique or abnormal mechanics in the feet, ankles, or knees. Other causes can include traumatic injury, such as a fall onto the hip, or the inflammatory effects of arthritis. When the bursa becomes inflamed, it can be extremely painful when trying to lie on the affected side, or any time the hip is moved, especially while weight-bearing. The usual remedies of ice and rest can be helpful, but I have found greater success with various chiropractic techniques and laser therapy. If you are having pain in the white circle like this woman is, come on in and I’ll see what I can do to help you feel better.
So, congratulations! You have just learned a new term: Trochanteric Bursitis… now you can go impress your friends with your new-found knowledge!