Hip and Thigh Pain

What is Trochanteric Bursitis?

Bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that provide cushioning and lubrication between bones, tendons, and muscles near your joints. When a bursa becomes inflamed, this is called bursitis. 

It inhibits movement and causes pain in the afflicted area. Bursitis often affects the joints in your shoulders, elbows, or hips. But you can also have bursitis in your knee, heel, and the bottom of your big toe. 

Overuse, stress, and direct trauma to a joint are common causes of bursitis. It can also be a result of an infection, gout, or arthritis. Bursitis of the hip, or trochanteric bursitis, is frequently associated with a hip injury or arthritis. Pressure from standing or sitting for a long time is also a contributing factor.

The most common symptoms of hip and thigh pain are as follows:

  • Dull ache in the area around your hip (primarily over the greater trochanter, which is the portion of your thighbone, or femur, that protrudes where the joint meets the hip)
  • Stiffness in the joint
  • Increased pain with movement
  • Tenderness

Unlike bursitis in other areas of the body, there is no visible swelling or redness of the skin. This is because the bursae are located beneath some of the bulkiest muscles in the body.

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, contact our physical therapists to discuss hip and thigh pain treatment. 

Total Hip Replacement

This is a surgery performed to replace all or part of the hip joint with an artificial device (prosthesis). Physical therapy is a necessity after this procedure has been performed in order to regain flexibility and strength in the joint. 

The hip is a ball-and-socket joint or a meeting of the “ball” end of the thighbone (femur) with the cup-shaped “socket” of the pelvic bone. A total hip prosthesis is surgically implanted to replace the damaged bone in the hip joint.

The most common symptoms which could lead to a total hip replacement are as follows:

  • Wearing down of the hip joint and pain because of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, vascular necrosis, injury, and bone tumors
  • Pain that causes sleepless nights
  • Difficulty walking up or downstairs
  • Little or no relief from pain medications
  • Difficulty standing from a seated position
  • Having to stop activities you enjoy, such as walking, because you’re in too much pain

Following Up With Post-Op Rehabilitation

If this becomes a necessary form of hip and thigh pain treatment, it is best to enroll in a post-op rehabilitation program to help the healing process. 

We offer a program here at Mid-County Physical Therapy that is designed to help you achieve maximum recovery safely and effectively. 

Our physical therapists will guide you through the necessary protocols to help you achieve your individual recovery goals. 

Contact Mid-County Physical Therapy For Hip and Thigh Pain Treatment Today

When you are experiencing hip and thigh pain or discomfort, it is best to speak with a trained physical therapist to receive a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. 

This is how our team of trained professionals can help you.

Our physical therapists will help ensure that you are getting the right treatment so the healing process can occur. 

Call Mid-County Physical Therapy at (703) 763-3922 to schedule an appointment today.


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