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Hip Pain

Greater Trochanteric Bursitis
Greater Trochanteric Bursitis can be a very limiting ailment - walking, running, lying down on the affected hip can all be affected by greater trochanteric bursitis.  

Many times, as with knee pain, the hip flexors are weak and have myofascial trigger points.  These causes excess pressure over the greater trochanter and an inflammation of the superficial trochanteric bursitis.  At Eagle Rock Physical Therapy we have the advanced physical therapy manual skills to rehabilitate the hip flexor (iliopsoas) muscle and restore its strength.  We also have the skill-set to mobilize the hip and allow for full motion without pain and dysfunction.  We have had enjoyed seeing the pain disappear in our patients as we have employed these techniques with our patients to restore full function in their lives.  
STRAIGHT LEG RAISES - lying flat on your back - lift your straightened leg straight up and down. 
PIRIFORMIS STRETCH - Learning to stretch the piriformis will help in many aspects of life - it is a simple, easy stretch that provides many benefits.  

The Key is pulling a knee to the opposite shoulder - careful not to strain the knee - pull from behind the knee - not on top of the knee.  In this way the piriformis can have a good stress relief and pain can be taken away from the hip area.  
PIRIFORMIS STRETCH - This is another way to stretch the piriformis - lie on back and pull knee up and over the other leg - fell the stretch on the buttocks.
IT-BAND STRETCH - A tight IT-band may be causing IT-BAND SYNDROME - which is excess pressure over the superficial trochanteric bursa causing inflammation of the bursa- this is a good stretch to help stretch out the IT-band and relieve the pressure on the bursa.  With this stretch it is also important to completed SLR exercises as above to further relieve the strain on the IT-band.
Complete this stretch bending away from the side of pain - this way the IT-band can be stretched and lengthened and pressure can be relieved from the superficial trochanteric bursa.