Trochanteric Bursitis

Trochanteric Bursitis or “runners’ hip” occurs when excessive pressure or friction between the hip bone and the iliotibial band causes the bursa to become irritated, painful and sore.

The trochanteric bursa is a pad of connective tissue that sits between the bone at the side of the hip and a long tendon that runs down the outside of the leg called the iliotibial band.

The bursa works like a cushion and protects both the hip bone and the iliotibial band from becoming damaged when the two structures rub over each other when we walk or run.


The following symptoms are associated with trochanteric bursitis:

  • Pain which is worse after exercise, walking or climbing stairs.
  • Tenderness when the outside of the hip is touched or pressed.
  • Radiating pain into the buttock or down the outside of the leg to the knee.
  • Discomfort when lying on your side in bed.


Trochanteric bursitis is not serious but tends to get worse over time if left untreated.

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