Could your job be causing trochanteric bursitis?

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2020 | Workers' Compensation

The trochanteric bursa is a sac of fluid located at the outside of your hip. If it becomes irritated or inflamed, it can cause a painful condition called trochanteric bursitis. 

According to the Cleveland Clinic, the cause of trochanteric bursitis is not always clear. However, if you have trochanteric bursitis and you perform certain types of work activities, your job could be the cause of it. 

What are the symptoms of trochanteric bursitis? 

Pain on the outside of the hip is characteristic of trochanteric bursitis. The pain may also involve the buttock or radiate down the thigh. It may get worse with activity or with pressure on the outside of the hip, such as may occur when you lie down on your side. You may also observe that your pain gets worse with activity. 

How can work activities cause trochanteric bursitis? 

Trochanteric bursitis can occur due to acute trauma, such as a fall onto the affected hip. It can also result from repetitive activity. If your job requires you to stand for a long period of time, this could cause irritation of the trochanteric bursa. The bursa can also become irritated if your job requires repetitive motion, such as climbing up and down one or more flights of stairs. 

What are the treatment options for trochanteric bursitis? 

Your doctor may first recommend that you rest the affected hip and avoid any activities that cause you pain. Physical therapy, steroid injections or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications may help to relieve inflammation and pain. If nothing else works, your doctor may recommend surgical treatment. 


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