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How to Mend Your Trochanteric (Hip) Bursitis

Updated on October 31, 2012

The trochanter bursa functions to prevent the iliotibial band (IT band) from rubbing against the greater trochanter of the femoral head. The IT band runs from the iliac crest (crest of the pelvis) down the side of the hip and leg, and inserts at the upper tibia (top of the knee.) It is mainly used along with the gluteus maximus for bracing the leg and knee when in the standing position. Trochanteric bursitis is often caused by the iliotibial band tightening and rubbing against the bursa.

The IT band is made up of thick, fibrous tissue that is considered connective tissue similar to a tendon. When it becomes irritated or inflamed, it can irritate the trochanter bursa causing inflammation within the bursa. Therefore, sufferers of iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) may experience trochateris bursitis at the same time.

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Causes

What Causes Trochanteric Bursitis?

  • Runners, or participation in sports that involve a lot of running
  • Activities which require repeated hip flexion (i.e. ballet, hurdling, soccer)
  • Bone spurs or calcium crystals that form inside can irritate the bursa
  • Repetitive stress on the hip from running, jumping, or squatting
  • An injury or blow to the hip
  • Uneven leg length that causes excess pressure on the bursa
  • Iliotibial band syndrome (ITB)
  • Weak hip abductor muscles (gluteus medius, gluteus minimus and tensor fascia lata)
  • Following surgery in the hip in which the bursa may have been irritated

Symptoms

What Symptoms Should You Expect?

A healthy trochanter bursa is usually about the size of a small plum, but can swell to the size of an orange when bursitis sets in. This is what creates the soft tissue damage in the area. Other symptoms you may experience include:

  • Pain around the bursa location that may extend down the groin and thigh
  • Swelling, tenderness in the area of the bursa
  • Pain my increase when the hip is flexed
  • Difficulty sleeping due to pain
  • Limping
  • The area around the bursa is hot to the touch
  • Stiffness and tightness in the hip joint, groin and possibly the knee due to a tight muscle (iliopsoas) or tendon (IT band)

Treatment

What Treatments are Available to Mend Your Trochanteric Bursitis?

Trochanteric bursitis is often healed through conservative therapies such as ColdCure® Technology and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy. Most individuals are able to heal their hip injury through non-invasive treatment methods and are able to avoid surgery.


ColdCure® Technology



As soon as your hip is injured your body triggers natural events that isolate damaged tissue and prepare it for healing. The main symptoms you will immediately feel after injury - the swelling, redness (rubor), heat (calor), pain (dolor), and loss of function - are really just signs that your body is starting to heal.

Unfortunately when your hip is swollen and inflamed the damaged tissue is blocking vital blood flow from coming into the tissue to continue the natural healing process. When your blood flow is blocked, the other healthy tissue in your hip is starved of oxygen, nutrients and antibodies needed for your healthy tissue to thrive and for your injured hip to heal. This is why it's never good to let a new injury stay untreated for too long.

Using cold compression immediately following a hip injury, re-injury, or surgery reduces pain and swelling and reduces the tissue damage that occurs with soft tissue injuries.

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Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy



What can be done for your hip when the swelling is gone, but the pain is still there? Once the swelling is gone our bodies are starving for the naturally occurring oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy available in our blood. Blood flow is like the life force of our bodies, and the healing process really takes off only when the hip receives proper blood flow.

If you want to heal quickly you need to keep your blood flow moving constantly, but you also need to make sure your hip is actively getting rid of cellular waste and toxins. This is where BFST® comes in, but what exactly is BFST® and how can it help to accelerate healing?

BFST® is exactly what it seems - it's a therapy that substantially increases the flow of blood to your hip without the need to exercise your already damaged tissue.

Think about your injured soft tissue as if it is a sponge that has dried out. Your damaged tissue is waiting there ready to absorb all of the benefits of increased blood flow but your body is unable to keep up with the demand of what your tissue needs. BFST® boosts your body's natural blood flow, delivering oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy directly to the source of your pain. Once you start receiving all of the benefits BFST® has to offer your injured hip becomes like a sponge that now has enough blood flow within reach to soak up everything good that is in your blood flow. Increased blood flow through BFST® also acts as a cleanser for your tissue, whisking away all toxins and cellular waste.

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