Bursitis is the inflammation of the bursa (small fluid-filled sacs). Bursa help to reduce friction between bones and soft tissue by acting like cushions during movement.  The most common bursitis in the hip is Trochanteric bursitis, located on the lateral (bony) side of the hip, called the Greater Trochanter.


Bursitis in the hip can affect anyone but it is more common in females, and people in their 40’s-60’s plus. It can occur from trauma such as a sporting injury or falling or banging your hip on a hard surface. The most common cause of bursitis is overuse, this occurs when an individual partakes in repetitive actions, often to fatigue, such as walking, running, stair climbing and standing.


  • Pain located on the outside of hip (at the Greater Trochanter)
  • Pain that is initially sharp but after a few weeks becomes a dull ache
  • Pain or tenderness when sleeping on the affected side
  • Pain that begins to radiate down the outside of the leg to the knee
  • Pain when sitting with your legs crossed
  • Pain when standing from sitting (deep chairs, driving)
  • Pain after prolonged walking, running, stair climbing


How can Myotherapy help?

Once Bursitis of the hip has been identified, your myotherapist will discuss your treatment options. Initially, this will be reducing your pain and discomfort:

  • Regular ice treatment (bursitis is an inflammation condition, therefore ice is beneficial).
  • NSAID’S – anti-inflammatory medication (speak with your doctor first about taking medication).
  • Activity modification – we will discuss activities to avoid that may aggravate the pain
  • Soft Tissue Therapy & Dry Needling – if muscles are tight they may be aggravating the situation by rubbing across the bursa. Soft tissue massage and dry needling can help reduce the tension in the surrounding muscles.