An irritation of the bursa, a fluid filled sac that sits on top of the greater trochanter, a bony prominence on the outside of the hip bone (femur). The bursa acts as a cushion to decrease friction between the outside of the hip bone and muscles attaching to the bone. The irritation is the result of repetitive friction to the bursa, due to a combination of muscular weakness, muscular tightness, iliotibial band tightness, abnormal hip and/or knee structure, abnormal hip and/or knee mechanics, repetitive activities/overuse or a change in exercise routine. Greater trochanteric bursitis leads to pain in the hip that may be sharp and/or achy. Pain increases with prolonged sitting, ascending stairs, squatting, when lying on the involved side. You may also have tenderness to touch on the outside of the hip and/or tightness in the hip.
The Physical Therapists at Apple Physical Therapy will design a personalized treatment plan specific to you and your injury that will include range of motion, stretching and strengthening exercises to improve mobility and strength in your hip and core musculature to allow you to return to normal daily activity. We will include manual therapy techniques such as massage and stretching of the hip and surrounding muscles to restore normal motion. If necessary, your PT may elect to use modalities such as heat, ice and/or ultrasound to help reduce pain and ready the body for exercise.
With convenient locations in both Cherry Hill NJ and Marlton NJ, Apple Physical Therapy proudly serves such areas as Cherry Hill, Marlton, Medford, Voorhees, Mount Laurel, Maple Shade, Berlin, Moorestown and all of South Jersey’s Camden and Burlington counties. If you are looking for a Physical Therapist in the Cherry Hill area, we welcome you to our practice. Meet our team and schedule your appointment with us today!