Hip Pain (Trochanteric Bursitis)

Trochanteric bursitis. In other words, is the inflammation of a small fluid filled sac over the outer side margins of your upper leg bone.

So who gets it?

Approximately 15% of women and 8% of men, with middle-aged women being the most commonly affected but can be diagnosed in most age groups.

What are the symptoms?

The pain is often reported as intense and sharp in its initial stages but long term sufferers can experience an ache affecting the entirety of the outer hip and thigh. 

Other symptoms include:

  • Snapping sensation on outside of hip
  • Painful to go up stairs
  • Painful to lie down of affected side


What are the causes?

Repetitive stress/overuse: Think cycling, running and standing for long periods of time.

Hip injury: Falling directly onto the bursa or harsh bumps to your hip (against a bench for example).

Poor hip and foot function: Weak gluteal musculature and poor foot “core” function. 

What can manual therapy do?

As a therapist there are two goals:

  1. We want to reduce or eradicate pain at the hip. This can be achieved through deep friction massage and dry needling to the tight and stiff muscles contributing to the bursitis.
  2. While pain is reduced or at a more tolerable level, we want to improve the strength of the gluteal muscles and the foot. This is achieved through specific exercises which would be prescribed by your practitioner. 
  3. Reduce (temporarily) the activities which are aggravating your pain. 

Contact us

Michael is available for consultation. He is a Melbourne based chiropractor who consults from Medical clinics in Croydon. For more information please contact Michael on 0430 300 257. Chiropractic care is covered by Private Health Insurance (depending on your plan) and some patients may be eligible for a Medicare EPC referral.

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