Often the smallest of areas can cause the greatest of discomfort, either the sharpest of pain or the continuous niggle. This is true of Bursae, which when inflamed is painful.
Bursae are small sacs of fluid cushioning the bones, tendons and muscles near joints. Acute injury, overuse, or degenerative arthritis in the hip or back can lead to bursitis.
This painful inflammation of the bursa and surrounding tissue commonly targets the hip and its many bursae. Typically, the bursae cushioning the greater trochanter, or outward portion of your upper thigh bone, are affected.
Gardening, raking, jogging, bicycling long distances, and playing tennis, golf or even a musical instrument can increase your odds of developing bursitis.
Trochanteric bursitis brings warmth, swelling and pain to the outer thigh that can spread down to the knee. Walking intensifies the pain, limping is common, and climbing steps can become difficult. Tenderness on the side you’re lying on may interfere with sleep.
Most trochanteric bursitis resolves on its own after two weeks. If home treatment hasn’t relieved your discomfort after two weeks, it’s time to see a doctor. A specialist in orthopaedics, rheumatology, 0r physical medicine and rehabilitation can help. Read more…