Like osteoarthritis of the hip itself, which is more of a groin discomfort, trochanteric bursitis pain is typically more lateral or just on the outside of the hip. Some very common symptoms of trochanteric bursitis include patients who have a lot of pain on the outside of the hip, particularly associated with walking longer distances, as well as the inability to lie on that side when they're in bed. Simple palpation of the outside of the hip as well will elicit this discomfort and is typically what I do in my examination when trying to figure out if the patient has symptoms of trochaneric bursitis. Treatment of trochanteric bursitis typically relies on trying to decrease the inflammation as well as improve the flexibility and stretching of the IT band and surrounding muscles.
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