What is Hip (Trochanteric) Bursitis?
A bursa is a sac positioned where the muscles and tendons pass over the bones in a joint. The sac contains a lubricating fluid which cushions and provides for lubrication of the joint.
Trochanteric Bursitis is experienced as pain in the hip or buttock that can run down the outside of the leg, even down to the knee. Putting stress on the bursa, by
moving the hip joint, putting weight on it through walking, running or laying on the effected side can increase the level of pain. There could be some swelling or redness around the area.
What causes Hip (Trochanteric) Bursitis?
Trochanteric Bursitis can be caused by repetitive trauma through excessive walking, running or cycling, where muscles or tendons have been rubbing over the Trochanteric Bursa causing too much friction. If posture, gait or running technique is incorrect, the Bursa is more likely to become inflamed since the muscles or tendons will not be rubbing over the Bursa as they should.
A fall or sudden impact through sports may also damage the Bursa and cause Hip Bursitis.
Other diseases such as arthritis, calcium deposits in the tendons, weak hip muscles or a tight ITB that leads to improper posture can also cause Trochanteric Bursitis.
When to Seek Treatment for Hip Bursitis?
As with most conditions, earlier treatment will allow a faster recovery and reduce the chance of re-occurance. Also, as somebody with hip pain starts to walk differently, other parts of their body (ie. back) can go out of alignment too from improper gait.
Bowen Treatment for bursas is very effective at reducing the pain, and significantly improves the rate of healing.
Without treatment and continuing the activity that is aggravating the bursa, the pain will likely get worse. Tendons or muscles rubbing over a damaged bursa that no longer provides protection or lubrication may also become damaged.