How is Trochanteric Bursitis Diagnosed?
In order to properly diagnose trochanteric bursitis, Dr. Yau will perform a thorough medical review and physical examination. During the examination, he will place the patient in various positions to determine pain level, flexibility and alignment of the hip joint. He will also order x-rays in many cases to ensure there are no other significant hip joint pathology.
What is the Treatment for Trochanteric Bursitis?
Patients affected by trochanteric bursitis rarely require a surgical procedure to alleviate symptoms. Dr. Yau will prescribe a combination of rest, modified activities and physical therapy aimed at stretching and strengthening the affected joint. Patients with a more severe case of hip bursitis may receive a corticosteroid injection to help control pain level and decrease inflammation to restore hip function.
Dr. Yau may recommend an arthroscopic hip surgery to remove the inflamed bursa if non-operative measures fail or the pain associated with hip bursitis is debilitating. During the procedure, he will carefully remove the inflamed bursa and will evaluate the surrounding area for additional hip injuries. Often times, an arthroscopic iliotibial band release will be performed at the same time to decrease friction over the greater trochanter.
For additional information on trochanteric bursitis, or to determine the appropriate course of treatment for your hip bursitis, please contact the orthopedic office of Dr. Jervis Yau, hip specialist located in the Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Ventura, California area.