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.

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.

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.

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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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