Hip pain is very often a result of diminished bursa sacs. When we talk about hip bursitis, we assign the pain a diagnosis called greater trochanteric bursitis. What this means is that the fluid-filled sacs near the joints called the bursa have become inflamed or irritated. There are many ways that a person can develop greater trochanteric bursitis. Here’s a look at what we often see accompanying a greater trochanteric bursitis diagnosis:

  • A hip injury due to a fall or blunt force.
  • Overuse of the hip joint.
  • Poor posture.
  • Calcium deposits.
  • Previous surgeries.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis or thyroid diseases.

How can you know if you have greater trochanteric bursitis? First, this condition can be tricky to diagnose on your own due to the fact that its symptoms overlap with other musculoskeletal conditions. The structure of the hip joint is extremely delicate and complex. There is even a chance that the hip is experiencing referred pain caused by an imbalance somewhere else in the lower body. However, there are some telltale signs that point specifically to an issue within the bursa. Here’s a look:

  • Pain felt on the outside of the hip.
  • Pain that radiates from the hip to the buttocks or thigh.
  • A feeling of pressure on the hip.
  • Hip pain that flares up during physical activities like walking, getting up from chairs, or taking the stairs.

The main factor that points to greater trochanteric bursitis over another hip condition is that the pain is specifically felt at the outside of the hip. Each bursa is a very thin, liquid-filled sac. Under normal circumstances, the slick membrane of the bursa will help to reduce friction between your bone and soft tissue. However, dysfunction within the bursa will lead to pain and inflammation because there is a “scraping” motion going on due to the lack of cushioning.

A Cutting-Edge Therapy for Lasting Relief: Treating Greater Trochanteric Bursitis With Shockwave Therapy

In a recently released 2020 study, researchers conclude that shockwave therapy is a safe and effective treatment for greater trochanteric bursitis. Among study participants, there was a success rate of 88.6 percent two months following treatment. This success rate was maintained through the end of the study’s follow-up period. It should be noted that the study looked at the positive impact of shockwave therapy for treating greater trochanteric bursitis as part of an exercise program. This highlights what many chiropractors offering shockwave therapy for musculoskeletal conditions are already know. Research indicates that using a cutting-edge, noninvasive option like shockwave therapy in conjunction with manual chiropractic adjustments and exercises can help patients to restore balance in the body for increased healing.

Are You Looking for Shockwave Therapy to Treat Greater Trochanteric Bursitis in Denver, Colorado?

Dr. Trent Artichoker and the team at Denver Chiropractic are proud to be able to offer cutting-edge shockwave therapy treatments at our office here in Denver! Specializing in offering a variety of services for treating symptoms caused by car accident injuries, neck pain, back pain, and extremity pain, Dr. Trent Artichoker has spent his career helping professional UFC, NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB athletes achieve peak performance. He brings the same commitment to healing injuries, increasing range of motion, and maximizing performance to every client we treat here at Denver Chiropractic.

We’re proud to be the only practice in Denver to offer our patients access to the Swiss-made Dolorclast® shockwave machine. Using targeted energy waves, this world-class machine helps to heal tissue through pulsations that ramp up cellular activity and oxygen circulation for faster healing. Let’s work on a treatment plan using noninvasive therapies to help you avoid invasive surgeries or prolonged use of pain medication down the road! To book an appointment for shockwave therapy for hip pain that is a suspected case of greater trochanteric bursitis, please contact Denver Chiropractic today.