How do you prevent trochanteric bursitis?

Because most cases of bursitis are caused by overuse, the best treatment is prevention. It is important to avoid or modify the activities that cause the problem. Underlying conditions such as leg length differences, improper posture, or poor technique in sports or work must be corrected.

Apply these basic rules when performing activities:

  • Take it slow at first and gradually build up your activity level.
  • Use limited force and limited repetitions.
  • Stop if unusual pain occurs.

Some tips:

  • Avoid repetitive activities that put stress on the hips.
  • Lose weight if you need to.
  • Get a properly fitting shoe insert for leg length differences.
  • Maintain strength and flexibility of the hip muscles.
  • Use a walking cane or crutches for a week or more when needed.

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

References

  • 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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