Trochanteric bursitis, also known as greater trochanteric bursitis or hip bursitis, is a painful condition caused by inflammation of the trochanteric bursa that overlies the greater trochanter (bony prominence at the outer side of the hip). A bursa is a small sac filled with fluid that acts as a cushion and allows smooth motion by reducing the friction between the muscles and the bone. Trochanteric bursitis results in pain on the outer portion of the hip which usually increases with prolonged walking or climbing stairs.
Trochanteric bursitis most commonly occurs from overuse of the bursa from repetitive activities such as running, climbing stairs, bicycling, or standing for a prolonged period of time, which can cause inflammation of the bursa. It may also result from an injury or fall to the hip or after a surgical procedure of the hip. The condition is often seen in people involved in sports such as football and soccer which involve a lot of running. It is also more common among women and middle-aged or elderly people. Bursitis is noted to be the leading cause of hip pain.
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