How is trochanteric bursitis treated?

Treatment goals include reducing pain and inflammation (swelling), preserving mobility, and preventing disability and recurrence.

Treatment recommendations may include a combination of rest, splints, heat and cold application. More advanced treatment options include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen or naproxen.
  • Corticosteroid injections given by your healthcare provider. Injections work quickly to decrease the inflammation and pain.
  • Physical therapy that includes range of motion exercises and splinting. This can be very beneficial.
  • Surgery, when other treatments are not effective.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 10/15/2018.


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Hip Bursitis. Accessed 11/28/2018.
  • American Academy of Family Physicians. Bursitis of the Hip. Accessed 11/28/2018.

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