Bursae are a crucial part of the musculoskeletal system. These small sacs of fluid provide the lubrication that allows our tendons to glide easily. But bursae can become inflamed, and when they do, a person is likely to experience pain or dysfunction in nearby tissues. At ChiroCareLA.com in Glendale, we’ll work with patients suffering from bursitis to return them to activity as quickly as possible, while putting them in the best position to maintain their health in the future. This week, we’re taking a closer look at how bursitis relates to pain in the hips, specifically.
There are hundreds of bursae throughout the body, including some large ones on the front of the pelvis. But when a person experiences bursitis-related hip pain, the problem is most likely related to a trochanteric bursa. These bursae, one on each side, are located in a notch on the outward-facing side of the top of the femur. A connective tissue called the iliotibial band stretches from the hip to the knee over the trochanteric bursae, and a major hip muscle, the gluteus medius, connects to the leg near it. If these tissues are inflamed, they could compress the bursae, although a patient may experience a limited range of motion even if the bursae isn’t irritated.
Pain from trochanteric bursitis may be dull or shooting, but it will usually only occur on one side. It is often worse after inactivity or repetitive impacts. Frequency Specific Microcurrents can be used to reduce inflammation, and Acoustic Wave Therapy can loosen the muscles and connective tissues around the bursae. We’ll also assess a patient for biomechanical problems that may be putting excessive stress on the upper leg and make chiropractic adjustments, as necessary.
Dr. Jack Alajajian and his staff operate ChiroCareLA.com at 815 E Colorado Suite 250, Glendale CA, 91205. Call 818-246-3600.