Telltale Signs of Trochanteric Bursitis

Telltale Signs of Trochanteric Bursitis

Trochanteric bursitis, or hip bursitis, is an inflammation of the fluid-filled sac (bursa) surrounding the outside of the hip known as the greater trochanter. The bursa acts as a cushion so your bones and ligaments glide smoothly. With trochanteric bursitis, the bursa is irritated, which causes hip pain.

At Dr. Stem Cell, orthopedic physician Bruce Fishman, MD, specializes in regenerative orthopedic medicine to treat various painful orthopedic conditions. Hip pain is a common occurrence that may strike suddenly or occur gradually due to repetitive movement. If you lead an active lifestyle, you’re at a higher risk of developing issues like hip pain.

Regenerative medicine is a game changer in orthopedics. Stem cell treatments harness your body’s own capacity to heal itself, supercharging tissue healing and regeneration.

Signs and symptoms of trochanteric bursitis

Scheduling a doctor’s visit for an evaluation is the best way to determine if trochanteric bursitis is the cause of your hip pain. There are some telltale signs to look out for, however. 

Trochanteric bursitis commonly causes pain that you feel on the outside of your hip. Patients often describe the pain as sharp, and it may worsen when you’re lying on that side or when you press on the outside of your hip.

Additionally, pain usually worsens when you perform activities that engage your hips, such as squatting, walking up stairs, or getting up from a deep chair. You may even feel pain when you get out of a car. In some cases, trochanteric bursitis causes pain that radiates to the thigh or buttock on the affected side.

Many cases of hip bursitis resolve on their own with self-care at home. Come in to see us if you have persistent or recurrent hip pain.

Risk factors for trochanteric bursitis

The trochanteric bursa can become irritated because of:

Direct injury

An injury that causes the bursa to fill with blood, such as a fall or other direct trauma, can cause irritation and inflammation.

Hip joint friction

Repeated friction of the hip joint can irritate the bursa and cause hip bursitis. Friction can occur when the iliotibial band (IT band) moves back and forth over the hip's trochanteric bursa during knee and hip movement. 

Too much pressure on your hip

Excess pressure on the outside of your hip, such as sleeping on your side on a hard surface, can cause problems such as hip bursitis. Tendonitis in the abductor tendons is also linked to hip bursitis.

Regenerative medicine for hip bursitis

Stem cells are special in that they can differentiate into other types of cells, such as cells that aid in tissue repair. When injected into an injured bursa or tendon, stem cells may help the damaged tissue renew and heal.

Stem cell injections can address the root cause of your pain, improving pain and alleviating inflammation. The stem cells used in treatment are extracted from the bone marrow, isolated from blood and other components, and injected directly into the bursa.

Therapy with stem cells takes some time to work. After two to six weeks, most people notice pain relief and an improvement in function.

If you’re longing to get back to an active lifestyle and have pain-free movement, stem cell treatment may be an option for you. To learn more about it and find out if you’re a good candidate, contact our office today in Encino, California, to schedule a consultation with Dr. Fishman.

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