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A Patient's Guide to Trochanteric Bursitis of the Hip Introduction A common spot for bursitis is on the side of the hip. Here a large tendon passes over the bony bump on the side of the hip. The bony bump is called the greater trochanter . Inflammation in the bursa between the tendon and the greater trochanter is called trochanteric bursitis . This problem is common in older individuals. It may also occur in younger patients who are extremely active in exercises such as walking, running, or biking.
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Anatomy Where is the trochanteric bursa, and what does it do? The hip joint is one of the true ball-and-socket joints of the body. The hip socket is called the acetabulum and forms a deep cup that surrounds the ball of the upper thigh bone ( femur ), or femoral head . Thick muscles of the buttock at the back and the thick muscles of the thigh in the front surround the hip. The greater trochanter is the...
Competitive and recreational sports athletes can develop painful groin symptoms from a pulled muscle. The condition is called adductor enthesis . Adductor refers to the group of four leg muscles that attach to the pubic bone in the pelvic/groin area. Enthesis is the place where the tendon meets the bone. Usually this spot is a mixture of fibrous and cartilage soft tissue. Overuse from repeated kicking and/or sprinting sets up an inflammatory response that eventually becomes chronic with telltale changes in the soft tissue structures. The condition is diagnosed through a combination of patient history, clinical tests, and MRIs. The groin pain may occur only after activity or it may be described as occurring with activity but without restricting movement. More severe pain will restrict activity; some athletes with adductor enthesis have chronic (constant) pain that may get marginally better but never goes away. In this study, athletes evaluated and treated at a sports medicine clinic for g...
The back bone is connected with the hip bone. The hip bone is connected with the leg bone. Sounds simple enough; however, when someone complains of hip pain, the "hip" in question is usually not the actual hip joint. When someone says that his/her "hip" hurts, she/he is actually pointing to the Greater Trochanter, which is on the side of the pelvis. The actual hip joint is in the groin area. But, before we get ahead of ourselves, let's talk about what the hip joint is made of.
Like all joints, two bones are joined together by ligaments and a joint capsule. In the case of the hip, the femur (leg bone) is connected to the pelvis (the hip bone). This connection occurs deep in the groin. Thus, hip joint pain and inflammation is felt in front, near the pubic bone. Other areas, like the buttock and low back, can also be painful with hip arthritis. Getting back to this business about the Greater Trochanter , this boney prominence serves as the attachment point of some major muscles gr...
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