One common area where this occurs is in the bursa on the outside of the hip, called the trochanteric bursa. This creates a condition known as trochanteric bursitis. This condition is common in older individuals. It may also occur in younger patients who are extremely active in exercises such as walking, running, or biking.
Trochanteric bursitis is often treated successfully with chiropractic care. Chiropractic adjustments/manipulations are performed to help restore normal biomechanics to the hip joint. This is where chiropractic manipulation has an advantage over other specialties. It is important to manipulate and stretch capsular joint restrictions during the treatment phase. Chiropractors use hands on treatment and stretching to help restore full hip range of motion. Improving strength and coordination in the buttock and hip muscles also enables the femur to move in the socket smoothly and can help reduce friction on the bursa. You may need chiropractic treatments for four to six weeks before full motion and function return.
Younger patients who have this condition because of overuse can usually be treated by reducing their activity or changing the way they do their activity. Combining this with an exercise program of stretching and strengthening and various modalities such as ice, electrical muscle stimulation, heat and ultrasound.