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Hip Bursitis

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Trochanteric Bursitis

Trochanteric Bursitis, is a common condition that athletes may encounter, leading to discomfort and often hindrance of their athletic performance. At Latitude Physiotherapy, we specialize in providing comprehensive rehabilitation programs tailored to athletes, aiming to alleviate symptoms, address underlying causes, and facilitate a successful recovery. In this guide, we'll delve into the symptoms, causes, and effective rehabilitation strategies for trochanteric bursitis, providing valuable insights to athletes seeking optimal treatment options.




Athletes with hip bursitis typically experience localized pain and tenderness on the outside of the hip, specifically over the greater trochanter, which is the bony prominence on the side of the hip. Physical activities such as running, jumping, or climbing stairs can exacerbate the pain, making it difficult to maintain normal training routines. Hip bursitis may also lead to stiffness in the hip joint and restrict the athlete's ability to move the hip freely. In some cases, inflammation of the affected bursa may cause visible swelling and redness around the hip area.



The trochanteric bursa cannot be precisely visualized on the model above. However, bursae are small fluid-filled sacs located throughout the body that serve as cushions to reduce friction between bones, tendons, and muscles. The trochanteric bursa serves to reduce friction between the greater trochanter and the tensor fasciae latae and gluteus medius tendons. Use the 🔍 button to search for gluteus medius. The tensor fasciae latae muscle is directly in front (anterior) of the gluteus medius. The greater trochanter is the bony prominence on the outside (lateral aspect) of the hip where these muscles attach. Click+hold to rotate, Shift+click to pan. Click anything to select it, click hide, to make it disappear.  

To see an example of other bursae, you can use the 🔍 button to search for bursa. Follow the drop-down menu to a body region, select a bursa. Click the three dots menu, Fade > Fade Everything Else.


The hip joint is a complex structure composed of bones, ligaments, tendons, and bursae. In the case of hip bursitis, the affected bursa is often the trochanteric bursa, located on the outside of the hip between the greater trochanter (a bony prominence on the femur) and the overlying tendons and muscles. The trochanteric bursa acts as a cushion between the greater trochanter and the iliotibial band (a thick band of connective tissue running along the outside of the thigh) as well as the gluteal muscles.


When the trochanteric bursa becomes inflamed or irritated, it can lead to hip bursitis. This inflammation is commonly caused by repetitive movements, muscle imbalances, and overuse, as previously discussed. The constant friction or pressure on the bursa can cause it to become irritated, resulting in pain, tenderness, and limited range of motion.


The implications of hip bursitis on an athlete can be significant. The pain and discomfort experienced can hinder performance, limit training abilities, and even impact daily activities. Athletes who rely heavily on hip movements, such as runners, jumpers, or those participating in sports that involve repetitive motions, may find their athletic pursuits severely affected by hip bursitis.




Understanding the underlying causes of hip bursitis is essential for effective treatment and prevention strategies. Athletes may develop hip bursitis due to various factors. Repetitive movements that involve prolonged pressure on the hip joint, such as running, cycling, or squatting, can irritate the bursa and lead to inflammation. Additionally, muscular imbalances in the hip region, including tightness or weakness in the gluteal muscles, iliotibial band, or hip flexors, can contribute to hip bursitis. Overuse and training errors are also common causes, as athletes who increase their training intensity or duration too rapidly without allowing sufficient time for rest and recovery may develop hip bursitis.


Rehab Strategies:


Initially, focus on reducing pain and inflammation through modalities such as cryotherapy, ultrasound, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). Additionally, manual therapy techniques, such as soft tissue mobilization and joint mobilization, can help alleviate pain and promote healing.


At Latitude Physiotherapy, we can design an individualized exercise program based on the athlete's specific needs and goals. This program will focus on improving muscle imbalances, strengthening the hip and core muscles, and enhancing flexibility. Exercises may include hip abductions, clamshells, squats, lunges, and specific stretches targeting the hip flexors and iliotibial band. Use code J2YL4QCJ at to learn our favorite basic hip stability exercise.

To address any faulty movement patterns or improper mechanics that may contribute to hip bursitis, we also conduct biomechanical assessment. Gait analysis, running or jumping technique correction, and appropriate footwear recommendations are provided to help prevent future episodes of hip bursitis.

Hip bursitis can be a frustrating condition for athletes, hindering their training and performance. At our physical therapy clinic, we understand the unique needs of athletes and offer specialized rehabilitation programs to effectively address hip bursitis. Through a combination of pain management techniques, individualized exercise programs, biomechanical assessments, education, and ongoing support, our clinic aims to help athletes recover fully and regain their competitive edge. Don't let hip bursitis sideline your athletic pursuits. Contact our clinic today to schedule a consultation and start your journey.


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