synonyms:hip bursitis, greater trochanteric pain syndrome, trochanteric bursitis
Greater Trochanteric Bursitis ICD-10
Greater Trochanteric Bursitis ICD-9
- 726.5 (Enthesopathy of the hip region)
Greater Trochanteric Bursitis Etiology / Epidemiology / Natural History
- Results from friction between the greater trochanter and the iliotibial band during hip flexion and extension causeing microtrauma and bursal inflammation.
- Chronic greater trochanteric bursitis can lead to a painful limp and sleep difficulty
- Common: 5.6 patients per 1000 adults.
Greater Trochanteric Bursitis Anatomy
- The trochanteric bursa lies between the iliotibial band and the greater trochanter.
Greater Trochanteric Bursitis Clinical Evaluation
- Pain and tenderness over the affected greater trochanter. Pain is often worse when first rising from a seated / recombent position.
- Increased pain with adduction and internal rotation.
- Generally unable to lie on affected side.
- Pain may radiate into the buttock or down the leg into knee or ankle.
Greater Trochanteric Bursitis Xray / Diagnositc Tests
- A/P pelvis, A/P and lateral of the affected hip. May demonstrate rounded or irregular calcific deposits around the greater trochanter.
- Consider MRI / bone scan if concerned for occult fracture or tumor.
Greater Trochanteric Bursitis Classification / Treatment
- Initial treatment: physical therapy, NSAIDs, ICE, corticosteriod injection, short term cane use, weight loss. >90% successful, but recurrence is common.
- Consider PRP injection (Walker-Santiago R, Arhtoscopy 2019)
- Chronic Recalcitrant: open or arthroscopic bursectomy.
- Arthroscopic bursectomy: proximal portal just posterior to the tip of the trochanter. Distal portal just posterior to the inferior aspect of the bursa. (Baker, CL)
Greater Trochanteric Bursitis Associated Injuries / Differential Diagnosis
- Gluteus medius tears, found in up to 22% of elderly patients.
- Lumber degenerative disc disease
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Hip arthritis
- Limb-legth discrepancy
- Painful hardware (after ORIF of hip fractures)
- Metastatic tumor
- Septic arthritis
- Snapping hip (Coxa Saltans)
Greater Trochanteric Bursitis Complications
- Greater trochanteric bursitis injection risks: infection, allergic reaction to local anesthetic or steriod preparation, fat atrophy, skin depigmentation
- Surgery complications: recurrent external snapping hip, retears resulting from falls, trochanteric fracture, venous thrombosis, and wound-related problems.
- Chronic pain
- Difficulty sleeping
Greater Trochanteric Bursitis Follow-up Care
- May consider repeat injection if initial injection fails or symptoms return. Avoid multiple steriod injections.
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