Trochanteric bursitis (Trochanteritis)

What is trochanteritis?

 “Trochanteritis” or also known as “Trochanteric bursitis” is an inflammation of the bursa of the greater trochanter at the hip.  

Bursa is a small fluid-filled “sac” that contributes to the smooth movement of the joint. At the same time, it is very important as it reduces the friction between the bones and tendons.

Trochanteritis is usually a very painful for the patient chronic condition.

What causes of trochanteritis?

The causes of trochanteritis can vary. The condition can result from one or more of the following events:

  • Hip injury
  • Incorrect posture
  • Repetitive movements and chronic pressure on the bursa
  • Leg-length discrepancy
  • Muscle weakness
  • Lumbar spine disorders
  • Other diseases that affect walking and put pressure on the joint


Who can be affected by trochanteritis?

Most patients are:

  • Women, because of the construction of their pelvis
  • Athletes (more often runners or football players)
  • Elderly people
  • Overweight people
  • People who have undergone hip surgery in the past


What are the symptoms of trochanteritis?

The main symptom of trochanteritis is pain. The pain is acute and is localized mostly on the outer surface of the hip. Of course, patients who suffer from trochanteritis may also feel pain in the thigh or even the knee. They might also struggle to move their leg or even walk.  


The treatment for trochanteritis depends on the severity and the case of each patient.

At an early stage, trochanteritis can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications. If the pain is excruciating and the patient is struggling to walk, then the specialized doctor can administer topical corticosteroid infusion.

Surgical treatment of trochanteritis is a solution when the above-mentioned methods are not effective. 



Surgical treatment of trochanteritis

Only when the symptoms persist, and the pain is chronic and unbearable, it is recommended to consider surgery. Conservative therapy can lead to frequent relapses, tormenting the patient. In this case, the surgical treatment can give a definite solution.

The aim of surgery is to remove the inflamed bursa. According to the case, this may be done with an open incision or arthroscopically.


Orthopaedic surgeon Petros Bountogiannis specializes in the effective treatment of hip diseases. The doctor has attended numerous training seminars in pelvic – hip surgery and applies all the rehabilitation protocols. If you feel pain on your hip, please contact the doctor and he will help you find the proper solution.