Trochanteric Bursitis (aka Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome)

Written by Arron

Trochanteric Bursitis is the name given to pain around the side of the hip where the bony lump along side your groin sticks out. A bursa is a sac filled with lubricating fluid, located between tissues such as bone, muscle, tendons, and skin. Its purpose is to decrease rubbing, friction, and irritation.  There is one on that sticky out bone which is called the greater trochanter hence the name greater trochanteric bursitis.  

The bursa is designed to absorb friction on it in a certain direction.  Altered pelvic biomechanics or some new, foreign movement, can have forces hitting the bursa in a way it is not designed or accustomed.  In this case, it becomes inflamed.  It is not the bursaes fault!  It just cops all the blame.

Our approach does not involve treating the bursitis directly.  Chances are, if you are reading this then you have tried that to little avail. We sort out the biomechanics of the lower back with Gonstead Chiropractic which allows the bursae to perform as it is designed which typically stops the inflammation.

The bursa gets a lot of bad press.  Blaming it for pain is like getting cross at your tyres for wearing out on the inside.  Its the alignment of the wheel which causes this, not misbehaving tyres.



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