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...
Definition Retrocalcaneal bursitis is swelling (inflammation) of the fluid-filled sac (bursa) at the back of the heel bone (calcaneus) under the Achilles tendon. Alternative Names Insertional heel pain Causes, incidence, and risk factors A bursa acts as a cushion and lubricant between tendons and muscles sliding over bone. There are bursas around most large joints in the body, including the ankle. The retrocalcaneal bursa is located in the back of the ankle by the heel. It is where the large Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. Repeated or too much use of the ankle can cause this bursa to become irritated and inflamed. Possible causes are too much walking, running, or jumping. This condition is usually linked to Achilles tendinitis . Sometimes retrocalcaneal bursitis may be mistaken for Achilles tendinitis. Risks for this condition include starting an aggressive workout schedule, or suddenly increasing activity level without the right conditioning.
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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