Shockwave Treatment for Trochanteric Bursitis

We provide shockwave treatment fort Trochanteric Bursitis at our clinic. Trochanteric Bursitis, occurs when small, fluid-filled sacs in the hip called bursa become irritated. Trochanteric Bursitis is one of the most frequent causes of hip pain and gets its name because it affects an area of bone called the trochanter. The trochanter is found, at the tip of the thigh bone.

Trochanteric bursitis appears to be more common in women than men and is a common cause of outer hip pain in active middle-aged women. In athletes of both sexes, bursitis is sometimes provoked by acute injury, such as tripping on a curb or landing roughly on the hip, but it more often arises from overuse.

Signs & Symptoms of Trochanteric Bursitis

As already stated, the main symptom of trochanteric bursitis is pain in the outer part of the hip. You may feel some soreness when you press on the outside of your hip or lie on that side. The pain often gets worse and spread down your thigh with activities such as walking or climbing stairs. You might also have swelling in the affected leg.

The pain related to trochanteric bursitis is usually worse at night, especially when a person is lying down or has been lying on their side for some time.

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What Happens During Shockwave Therapy for Trochanteric Bursitis?

Please arrive at the clinic wearing casual clothes. During shock wave therapy, high-intensity sound waves are sent to the tissues of the hip. This stimulates numerous beneficial effects such as the ingrowth of new blood vessel, the reversal of chronic inflammation and the stimulation of new tissue growth.

How We Apply Shockwave Therapy for Trochanteric Bursitis

We will isolate the area that needs to be treated and use a gel to transfer the acoustic waves efficiently and smoothly. Rather than the regular gels that some practitioners use, we now advocate and use castor oil as the medium between the shockwave equipment and the patient for many of our shockwave procedures. We have found that the little pain that our patients feel is reduced when we use castor oil. Then using our focussed shockwave equipment, we will start sending gentle impulses to the area. Discomfort will be kept to a minimum and gradually the impulses will become more intense, although little pain will be felt and if it is it will gradually dissipate over a few days.

How Long Will the Shockwave Therapy Take to Work?

Generally, Trochanteric Bursitis will resolve after three to four shockwave sessions, depending on your condition and how long you may have suffered with it before seeing us, while early diagnosis can reduce the number of sessions needed.

As part of your treatment it is important that you work with your physical therapist to ensure that you have an exercise regime and massage to ensure full recovery.

We are one of the few shockwave therapy specialist clinics in the UK with the expertise of treating trochanteric bursitis using the latest Swiss engineered focussed shockwave equipment. We undertake this in conjunction with a course of physiotherapy to aid the outcome of the treatment.

To find out more, or to book a free consultation or an appointment, contact us now – or better still call us right away to discuss your problem:  Tel: 020 3609 0080.


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