Greater Trochanteric Bursitis


This condition describes irritation of the bursa at the hip. The trochanteric bursa is a fluid filled sac which is located adjacent to the femur, between the insertion of the gluteus medius and gluteus minimus muscles, into the greater trochanter of the femur. It has the function, in common with other bursae, of working as a shock absorber and as a lubricant for the movement of the muscles adjacent to it.


Bursae are found in many locations within the body, such as the knee and shoulder, and, like any soft tissue, can become injured. In the case of the trochanteric bursa, primary inflammation of the bursa is relatively rare and may arise from autoimmune inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and infection.

More commonly, a trochanteric bursitis occurs secondary to altered hip/pelvic biomechanics such as a leg length discrepancy, iliotibial band friction syndrome and weakness of the hip abductors.


Common features of a trochanteric bursitis are localised hip pain when lying on the symptomatic side, referred pain into the thigh/knee and pain on activities such as walking and running. Pain is also vocalised with pressure over the trochanteric bursa.

(The list of conditions given above and subsequent explanations are intended as a general guide and should not be considered a replacement for a full medical examination. Furthermore, we do not purport to treat all the conditions listed. Should you wish to discuss any of these conditions with our chiropractors, please do not hesitate to phone the clinic on 020 7374 2272 or email


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