Trochanteric Bursitis: Why It’s Back-Related & How to Fix

Trochanteric Bursitis: Why It’s Back-Related & How to Fix

Trochanteric bursitis is rightfully looked at as a hip-related issue. But what if there was more to the onset and persistence of hip bursitis than we realized?

Traditional treatment for trochanteric bursitis often revolves around strengthening surrounding hip muscles, soft-tissue massage, certain muscle stretches and pain relief.

If the pain persists we might also turn to cortisone injections and surgery in an attempt to settle the dysfunction. Yet despite how common trochanteric bursitis is I don’t think we have it conquered to the point where we can help everyone quickly return to normal without fuss.

However, I’m finding something interesting with my patients. Clinically, I find a relatively hidden section of the lower back may actually be an underlying and often overlooked cause of trochanteric bursitis.

By looking a little more broadly, we might be able to see that the onset and persistence of hip bursitis could be a consequence of some thoracolumbar dysfunction. This spinal dysfunction may not be painful in its own right, but it may create a wave of tissue dysfunction that sets the hip bursae up to become irritated and annoyed.

In this video, I go through the connection I’m finding between the back and the hip, and cover three important exercises to focus on.

Treating the lower back may seem odd to some considering when discussing hip pain, but I find it just so important. If you’re struggling to shake your hip pain, I hope this video pleasantly surprises you!

Ideas covered in this video include:

  • Why you don’t need to ice the hip
  • How to avoid injections and pain medication
  • The need to focus on your spinal function and posture

Related: Here’s what I’m finding with Hip Bursitis

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