That patient presents with an exquisite pain over the involved greater trochanter. It hurts if he sleeps on the involved side. Digital pressure at the greater trochanters elicits much greater pain at the involved side.
In diagnosing trochanteric bursitis we should check for hip osteoarthritis. OA can also present pain in the hip area, especially just above the greater trochanter. We may also bear in mind hip OA may also reflect in the groin. Of course, so may a sacroiliac subluxation.
Their history reveals most of them use a shoulder strap carrying bag. We've come to the following conclusion. The bag is hitting upon and irritating at the femur's greater trochanter. Back and forth, as they walk, the bag rubs on the femoral prominence. This continuous irritation soon initiates as inflammation of the bursa overlying the greater trochanter, i.e., trochanteric bursitis.
A Longer Leg
The long leg side is more prone to trochanteric bursitis than the shorter leg side. At the shorter leg side the greater trochanter goes lateral and is more prominent. This jutting out of the greater trochanter makes it more vulnerable. Even with no bag rubbing at the long leg's greater trochanter protrusion, this office has found runners prone to longer leg side trochanteric bursitis. This "runner's bursitis" is from repetitive greater override of the tensor fascia lata over the greater trochanter.
Chiropractic manipulation to balance the pelvis.
The immediate treatment for trochanteric bursitis is ice. This should reduce the bursa inflammation.
The patient should be advised to shift the carrying bag to the other side. This stops the cause.
In both hip OA and trochanteric bursitis, patient should refrain from sleeping on the involved side.
Should the doctor discover a long leg contributing factor the patient should be provided a compensatory heel lift for the short leg shoe.
In viewing hundreds of people walking the streets, about one in three are currently using a shoulder strap carrying bag. Unfortunately, the bag usually falls directly upon the greater
trochanter. The heavier the bag, the greater the irritation. The greater the irritation, the greater the chance of trochanteric bursitis. As more and more use should strap bags, doctors of
chiropractic should be alert to the increasing prevalence of trochanteric bursitis.