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Hip (Trochanteric) Bursitis – Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment and Exercises to Relieve Hip Pain

Feeling the side of your hips hurt after a long walk? Having hip pain while sleeping on your side? Or have you been diagnosed with hip (trochanteric) bursitis?

Read on to find out more about hip (trochanteric) bursitis symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and some simple exercises to counter your hip pain!

Symptoms of Hip (trochanteric) Bursitis

Symptoms of Hip (trochanteric) Bursitis


– pain on the outer part of your hip and thigh with walking, squatting or stair climbing

– pain when lying on your side especially at night

– pain on outer hip when getting up from a chair after prolonged sitting

Diagnosis of Hip (trochanteric) Bursitis

Hip (trochanteric) Bursitis may be diagnosed with the following.

Treatment of Hip (trochanteric) Bursitis

Treatment of Hip (trochanteric) Bursitis

Activity modification:

  • Avoid crossing legs; this causes undue stress on your hip bursa
  • Reduce the amount of walking or standing for a period until symptoms settle


  • Musculoskeletal treatment such as soft tissue releases, hip muscles flexibility techniques (contract/relax) can help manage and reduce symptoms
  • Orthopedic rehabilitation such as and strength and balance rehabilitation training can assist in early return to your limited activity
  • Clinical Pilates can often assist in restoring the body’s muscular balance and train up your coordination to reduce strain on the hip

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID): can be used to reduce inflammation and pain.

Steroid injection: symptoms of hip bursitis may be relieved with the injection of steroid/local anesthetic to the bursa of the hip.

Surgery is rarely needed, but when pain persist, your Orthopedic surgeon might recommend surgical removal of the Bursa

Exercises to Relieve Hip Pain

*The exercises below may assist you in reducing your symptoms, if you do experience pain or do not get relief, do consult your Physiotherapist for a thorough assessment and advise.

Isometric Hip Abduction (lying on back) (Hold position for 5 seconds, repeat 10 times)

Bridging (Hold position for 10seconds, repeat 10 times)

Isometric Hip Abduction (side lying) (Hold position for 5 seconds, repeat 10 times)

Gluteal stretch (Hold position for 10seconds, repeat 10 times)

Still unsure about treatment for your hip (trochanteric) bursitis?  Our Physiotherapists are experienced in treating your pain and ready to help you get back into your active lifestyle! Get in touch with us today via our website www.rapidphysiocare.com or call +65 6904 4900.

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