Bursa is sac filled with fluid,which is located between bones, tendons and joints in your hip. Bursitis issometimes very unpleasant and painful inflammatory reaction of a bursa sac.There are many bursa sacs in your larger joints, and several of them arelocated in your hip near upper leg bone, called femur. These several bursa sackin your hip region is called greater trochanter. Trochanteric bursitis is verypainful.
Some of the causes oftrochanteric bursitis usually are when people are involved in hard workactivities or sports, thus overusing their hips in physical activities, such asrepeating movements, extensive and prolonged sitting, or running. Buttrochanteric bursitis mostly affects elderly and middle aged women and olderman, but it can happen to younger ones, too.
There also others possible causeof recurrent trochanteric bursitis and it may be lumbar spine diseases likescoliosis, rheumatoid arthritis, recurrent minor traumatic injuries, repetitivestress or overuse related injuries, leg length difference, previous hipsurgeries, excessive standing for prolonged periods of time, an acute traumasuch as fall, prolonged lying on one side of your body, etc.
Signs and symptoms of trochanteric bursitis can be loss of free motion in yourhip, pain in the areas around hip which goes right down to your knee, nightpain together with sleep disorder, aching pain in upper thigh, problems withstairs climbing, standing or sitting for too long, worsening pain with motionor pressure on your hip, and pain when you are laying down and try to turn tothe other side.
In case that you have one orseveral of these symptoms, it is best to consult your doctor. In the meantimethere are several things you can do in order to help yourself. Lying still andgive time to painful hip to recover itself, is also a good idea.
You can try some non steroidalanti inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen, to apply ice pack on painful areas, for15-20 minutes per day, try to use cane while injury heals, weight loss combinedwith appropriate exercises, stretching or strengthen based.
On order for you to preventtrochanteric bursitis, either to happen or to recur, you should introduceregular set of exercises, after consultation with your doctor or physicaltherapist and avoid standing up for a longer time.
Here are some types of exercisesthat your doctor may recommend to you;
Instead to just treat you inorder to relieve your pain, these exercises try to strengthen your surroundingareas of your hip, like buttocks and tights, in order to help you share weightdistribution on your hip.
Progressive and resistiveexercises
That exercise are used mostcommonly in rehabilitation period, and includes light weight lifting, manualresistance exercises, pulley systems etc. point of theses exercises is tostrengthen your muscled around your hip and stabilize your joints.
Once your pain is diminished andyour range of motion is restored, you will be given some home training andexercise advices and programs.