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Lateral hip pain

Trochanteric bursitis

If your hip is bothering you, it could be a sign of trochanteric bursitis — find out how we can help

About lateral hip pain

If you're experiencing pain or tenderness in the side of your hip, you may have trochanteric bursitis. It happens when the bursa (sac of fluid) in your hips becomes inflamed. It's more common in women, particularly those who are overweight and menopausal, or in those who have suddenly increased their physical activity.

Need to know

  • What are the symptoms of trochanteric bursitis? icon plus

    Some of your symptoms may include:

    • pain when climbing the stairs, getting out of a chair or walking
    • swelling or tenderness on the side of your hip
    • pain when lying on the affected hip
    • buttock pain or weakness

    Quite often, your symptoms will get better over time. If they don't, our dedicated orthopaedic experts are here to help.

  • How is lateral hip pain diagnosed? icon plus

    In most cases, your symptoms will go away over time. If they don't, we may be able to carry out tests to get to the root of the problem. Your GP or consultant will discuss these with you and answer any questions you might have.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Your consultant will explain your treatment options when you meet them. These might range from anti-inflammatory medication or injections to sessions with our expert physiotherapy teams.
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Our hip consultants

We're proud to work with leading orthopaedic experts specialising in hip problems, and whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our locations

From complex hip surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional orthopaedic care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Princess Grace Hospital Entrance

    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    Enquiries 020 7486 1234

  • The Wellington Hospital

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    Enquiries 020 7586 5959

  • London Bridge Hospital

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments & Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7730 8298

  • The Portland Hospital

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    HCA UK at The Shard

    The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street

    London

    SE1 9BS

    Call 020 3131 6888

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    31 Old Broad Street

    31 Old Broad Street

    London

    EC2N 1HT

    Call 020 7496 3522
    Opening times For imaging appointments only. 8am – 4pm (evening appointments available upon request.)

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    Chelsea Outpatient Centre

    280 Kings Road

    London SW3 5AW

    Call 020 7881 4114
    Opening times 8am - 8pm

  • Institute of Sport Exercise and Health Facility

    Institute of Sport Exercise and Health

    170 Tottenham Court Road

    London

    W1T 7HA

    Call 020 3447 2800
    [Mon | Weds | Fri] 8am - 8pm
    [Tues | Thurs] 8am - 8pm

Request a hip or pelvis appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced hip consultants. We can also make imaging and outpatient physiotherapy appointments for you.

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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