Pain and tenderness in the “hip region” is a common and chronic condition. The large boney prominence of the outer part of the hip (trochanter) has attachments for important muscles that control movements of the hip and pelvis. Large tendons overlying the trochanter can irritate this boney prominence with local discomfort and the development of a collection of fluid between the two layers (bursa). Several large tendons attach to the top and back of the greater trochanter and are subject to tendinitis and tears. Typically the syndrome of trochanteric bursitis affects older females, but can affect all ages and be associated with other diseases of the hip region.
Typically, pain is felt in the region of the hip but may be referred to the outer thigh or elsewhere in the leg. It is often uncomfortable to lie on the side.
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