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                         Trochanteric Bursitis of the Hip

Definition:

Frequently occurring on the side of the hip, this condition is the inflammation in the bursa between the tendon and the great trochanter, or thigh bone.

Symptoms:

Trochanter Bursitis causes difficulty in walking and stiffness in joints. The pain and discomfort caused by trochanter bursitis can make daily activities and sleeping difficult.

Causes:

A bursa can be inflamed if the hip muscles on the outer side are weak, if the legs are not proportionate, or from running on slanted or uneven surfaces. A fall where the hip takes the impact may also be the reason of an inflamed bursa.


                         Arthritis of the Hip

Definition:

A condition which there is a loss of cartilage of the head of the thighbone and of the cup-shaped socket of the pelvis where the thighbone fits into the joint. When the cartilage is damaged or lost, bone rubs against bone causing pain, tenderness, and swelling and limits the ability to move freely.

Symptoms:

People with arthritis may feel stiffness and the pain usually gets worse when the hip joint when walking long distances, standing for a long time or climbing stairs. Pain is usually felt in the groin, but may be felt on the side of the hip. Buttock, and sometimes the knee.

Cause:

Arthritis of the hip usually occurs in people in their 60’s and 70’s. It also differs depending on weight, activity level and the structure of their unique hip joint. Arthritis may be caused by many factors such as simple wear and tear, inflammatory disorders as lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis, and infections or injuries.