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What Does Trochanteric Bursitis Feel Like?

About Trochanteric Bursitis:

Trochanteric Bursitis is a painful condition involving the hip joint characterized by swelling and inflammation of the trochanteric bursa. A bursa is a fluid filled sac like structure which is present in various joints throughout the body. The function of the bursa is to prevent excessive friction caused by rubbing of the bones and tendons or two bony surfaces together. It provides a cushion such that the movement between the bones and tendons are smooth. Trochanteric Bursitis is the primary cause of hip pain among many individuals across the United States. Any type of injury or overuse of the hip is the primary cause of Trochanteric Bursitis. Trochanteric Bursitis normally occurs in individuals above the age of 50 and is quite common in the elderly population. Additionally, muscle tears, poor posture, and complications arising out of a surgical procedure to the hip also tends to cause Trochanteric Bursitis. [1]This article highlights as to how Trochanteric Bursitis feels like.

What Does Trochanteric Bursitis Feel Like?

What Does Trochanteric Bursitis Feel Like?

The presenting features of Trochanteric Bursitis are quite variable and depends on the cause of the condition and the extent of the damage done to the bursa. Any underlying medical condition or infection may also have an effect on the symptoms that the individual will experience due to Trochanteric Bursitis.

If Trochanteric Bursitis is caused due to overuse or an injury to the hip joint then the affected individual will experience a constant dull ache or a burning pain around the hip which will make it difficult to carry out activities of daily living.[2]

The hip joint will overall become stiff due to Trochanteric Bursitis and any movement of the hip joint will be painful and restricted. In some cases, the individual may experience radiating pain down the hip into the groin and buttocks.[3]

This radiating pain will make sitting for long periods of time or standing from a sitting position painful and tough. The skin around the hip region may look erythematous and may also be tender and warm to touch as a result of Trochanteric Bursitis.


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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:July 3, 2020

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