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20Hip Care
10Hip-Conditions and Injuries
Cartilage Injury
Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
Gluteal Tears
Hamstring Tears
Hip Instability
Deep Gluteal Space Syndrome
Labral Tears
Psoas Impingement (Internal Snapping Hip)
Trochanteric Bursitis
10Hip-Treatment and Surgeries
Gluteal Repair
Labral Debridement
Labral Reconstruction
Labral Repair
Psoas Release
Trochanteric Bursa Debridement
33Knee Care
13Knee Conditions and Injuries
ACL Tear
Cartilage Injury
Discoid Meniscus
Lateral Meniscus Tear
LCL Injury
MCL Injury
Medial Meniscus Tear
Osteochondritis Dessicans
Patellar Instability
Patellofemoral Chondromalacia
Posterolateral Corner Injury
Trochlear Dysplasia
20Knee Treatment and Surgeries
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction
Cartilage Restoration Surgery – Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI-Carticel)
Cartilage Restoration Surgery – Donor Graft
Collagen Meniscal Implant (CMI)
Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Reconstruction
Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Reconstruction
Meniscus Repair
Meniscus Root Repair
Meniscal Transplant
Medial Patellofemoral Ligament (MPFL) Reconstruction
Osteochondral Allograft Transfer
Osteochondral Autograft Transfer (OATS)
Partial Knee Replacement (MAKO)
Partial Meniscectomy
Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Reconstruction
Posterolateral Corner (PLC) Surgery
Tibial Tubercle Osteotomy
Total Knee Replacement (MAKO)
20Shoulder Care
10Shoulder-Conditions and Injuries
AC Joint Injuries
Biceps Tendon Injuries
Calcific Tendinitis
Clavicle Fractures
Frozen Shoulder
Labral and SLAP Tears
Rotator Cuff Injuries
Shoulder Dislocation/Instability
Subacromial Impingement/Busitis
10Shoulder-Treatment and Surgeries
A-C Joint Stabilization
Biceps Tenodesis
Clavicle Fracture Fixation
Pectoralis Major Repair
Rotator Cuff Repair
Shoulder Instability Surgery – Bankart Repair
Shoulder Instability Surgery – Latarjet Procedure
Subacromial Decompression and Acromioplasty
Superior Capsular Reconstruction
Total Shoulder Replacement


Bursae are fluid filled sacs located all over the body that enable smooth, pain-free motion between certain structures. Some bursae sit between tendons and bone. The trochanteric bursa is located between the gluteal tendons and the bony point of the hip known as the greater trochanter. When the trochanteric bursa becomes irritated and inflamed, it can cause symptoms, such as pain.

Irritation and inflammation of the trochanteric bursa (trochanteric bursitis) is most commonly caused by overuse and/or an altered gait. Some individuals with a tight iliotibial (IT) band (the muscle and tendon tract that runs between the outer hip to the outer knee) or an underlying gluteal tear may also develop trochanteric bursitis.


  • Pain radiating along the outside of the hip
  • Stiffness around outer hip region
  • Point tenderness directly over the outside of the hip
  • Pain when sleeping on the affected side

Diagnosis And Treatment

Dr. Welch considers each patient’s symptoms, as well as a detailed physical examination of the hip to make the diagnosis of trochanteric bursitis.

Non-surgical treatment includes rest, activity modification, physical therapy, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Steroid or anesthetic injections may also be helpful in alleviating pain. If the patient fails non-operative management, then surgical removal of the inflamed bursa may be recommended.

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