physiotherapy for hip bursitisWhat is it?

Trochanteric (Hip) bursitis is a condition characterized by tissue damage and inflammation of the trochanteric bursa causing pain hip and thigh pain.


Hip bursitis most commonly occurs due to repetitive or prolonged activities placing strain on the trochanteric bursa.

Signs & Symptoms:

Pain and swelling are localized to the outer aspect of the hip and may radiate down the outer aspect of the thigh as far as the knee.


Treatment focuses on reducing pain and inflammation initially through rest and anti-inflammatory medication, before commencing a mobility and stability exercise program. Stretching may reduce the friction placed on the bursa, and should be combined with strengthening surrounding gluteals, hip flexors, abductors and hamstrings.


Most patients with this condition heal well with appropriate physiotherapy and return to normal function over a 6 to 8 week period.