Hip (Trochanteric) Bursitis

Background: 

Bursitis of the hip is a condition hip bursae_1.jpgcharacterized by periods of pain and swelling, usually at the lateral aspect of the hip, that are brought on by vigorous activities such as running, biking and jumping.  The bursa are sac-like formations that are tough and thick on the outside and filled with a liquid that helps to keep it moving and provides some cushioning. 

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The bursae are placed between areas that build up a lot of friction, like between muscles and tendons or ligaments and the bones of the body.  In the hip the most popular bursa to become inflamed is located on the outside of the hip and it sits between the Iliotibial band and the lateral aspect of the femur.

Signs and Symptoms:

Someone suffering from hip bursitis will describe a pretty significant pain in their lateral hip that usually started after they began running for the first time in a few months or so.  The pain will decrease with the use of ice and not running for a few days, but when they try to run again the pain will come on quicker and be more intense.  The condition will occasionally have an associated swelling.

Treatment:

Hip bursitis has been show to be treated effectively with conservative Chiropractic care and it can relieve the initial pain along with figuring out why the condition started to keep it from coming back. 

Also of great benefit is the application of various electro-modalities such as: low-level laser therapy (LLLT), ultrasound, interferential current; including ice/heat applications, stretching and strengthening exercises.

If you or someone you know is needlessly suffering from hip pain due to bursitis , call Advanced Healthcare and have Dr. Pisarek design a customized treatment protocol, without the use of drugs or surgery, that will have you on the road to living and playing pain free today!

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