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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...
Sports medicine physicians and orthopedic surgeons see all kinds of injuries in the athletic population. One of the less common but very challenging areas of injury to evaluate is the hip. More specifically, the lateral hip (along the side of the upper thigh/buttock area) gets our attention today. To help professionals involved with lateral hip pain in athletes, the authors of this article provide a review of the area anatomy. Besides the hip joint itself, which is very complex, there are various ligaments, muscles, connective tissue, bursae, blood vessels, and nerves to consider. Suggestions are offered for the examination, which includes taking a good patient history and conducting a thorough physical exam. For example, there are six bursae in and around the hip that must be examined carefully. These structures are designed to keep tendons and other soft tissues from rubbing against the bone underneath. It is not uncommon for one or more bursae to become painfully inflamed. Each muscle...
Yes, you can remain active and avoid surgery if you have knee and hip arthritis. But there are certain adaptations that you need to do in order to achieve that goal. Those who do not adapt will encounter a life of pain and/or a big surgical scar. Both the knees and hips can be discussed together because they both respond to similar treatments and lifestyle changes necessary to remain active with less pain. Here are some suggested adaptations you should consider.
Take a Walk : Maybe you already enjoy walking but are finding it harder and harder to do. Walking can be made easier if you use some assistance from a walking stick or a trekking pole or two. Three or four “legs” is better than just two, and aids reduce the stress on your knees and hips. Walking can be much less painful if you follow a few simple pieces of advice like using an assistive device.
Dive In : If walking is not your thing, then try some swimming. Taking a few laps in the pool is a great way t...
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