Trochanteric bursitis


Trochanteric bursa of the gluteus maximus muscle is located on the buttocks under large muscle of sit bone.

Trochanteric bursitis – is the inflammation of synovial bursa. This disease belongs to orthopedic joint diseases in medicine, its development leads to accumulation of inflamed liquid in joints.Trochanteric Bursitis


Causes and factors of the disease appearance may be traumas or tenotomy. But factors which give start for disease development are:

  • sedentary lifestyle;
  • hypothermia;
  • overweight;
  • specific trauma or deformation, when as a result one leg became shorter than another.


The most typical symptom during disease diagnostics is hip pain; it can be a gradually growing pain or sharp and stinging pain, usually immediately after trauma accident. Sharp pain becomes slower after few steps while walking, and finally may disappear at all.

Pain comes after sitting for long periods of time or coming upstairs. Pain is reduced after hip resting, but at night pain increases, especially if person lies on a sore side.


Treatment of trochanteric hip bursitis is first of all based on maximum resting time and anti-inflammable medicine.


All affected area is infiltrated by hydrocortisone 80-125mg or betamethasone 8mg with 6-10ml for 0, 5% of novocaine. The result is absolute and longstanding. Also may be useful: piroxicam, celecoxib, naproxen, ibuprofen and others.

Remedial gymnastics

Patients need to put a small pillow under buttock and do muscle stretching of buttock (Knee-to-chest exercise), remedial gymnastics is administered after the inflammation process stops.Knee to chest (lying)

  • knees-to-chest (lying flat on back) – 5-10 reps or maximum effort
  • one more knees-to-chest exercise (standing position, flat back) – maximum effort
  • next exercise is squats (flat back) – 5 more reps in 1 set.

Combined therapy of trochanteric hip bursitis includes physiotherapeutic procedures – electrophoresis and ultrasound. In this period patients need to use crutches or stick.


Folk medicine cures trochanteric bursitis by herbal compresses made of:

  • basketplant
  • linseed
  • kalanchoe


One tablespoon of milled shoots added to glass of boiled water. Boil for 5-7 minutes.  Decoction infuses for 1 hour and filtrated. Wet gauze fabric with decoction and put into affected area, then dress in anything warm. This compress needed to be repeated more than 20 times. Wash the gauze fabric after each usage or take a new one.


Heat and put seeds into the affected area. Repeat up to 2 weeks.


Freeze leaves of kalanchoe and put into the inflamed joint, then cover with warm cloth. Repeat this procedure for a week till pain is gone.

In addition to compresses, it is better to drink anti-inflammation decoctions made of:

  • hypericum,
  • chamomile,
  • milfoil,
  • burdock root,
  • celeriac seeds.

In cases of joint swelling it is necessary to use decoctions of: linden, calendula, plantain and burdock leaves.

Honey compress

There is one more useful method of remedy – prepare a mixture of equal portions of honey, mashed onion and soap. Melt honey and soap by hot water, then put it on a cotton cloth and cover with mashed onion, put all this into affected area and wrap with polyethylene, kerchief or scarf. Leave the compress for night. Put this compress for 14 days.

Bursitis treatment by folk medicine is needed to be coordinated with physician in order to avoid any problem.


Nowadays trochanteric hip bursitis is treated well, in cases of early physician consulting of course.  Self-treatment with analgetics, ointments and others methods is not always turn out to be useful, that is why it is needed to call a physician as soon as the first symptoms of the disease appeared.

Bursitis prevention is weight loss maintenance, it’s recommended to buy special footwear in case of different length of legs, support strength and flexibility of hip muscles, avoid all physical activity which may lead to new inflammation process.


1. Fracture of the neck of the hip
2. Bedsores
3. Ligament rupture
4. Dislocations, bruises and sprains
5. Whiplash injury of the neck