Trochanteric Bursitis Physical Therapy exercise - Optimize Physical Therapy & Performance I Las Vegas I Henderson

Trochanteric Bursitis Physical Therapy exercise

The main goals of physical therapy treatment for trochanteric bursitis are to reduce the pain and irritation at the sides of your hip and increase your range of motion and get back to performing normal activities without limitations as soon as possible. It is treated on an outpatient basis. Some of the effective exercises for trochanteric bursitis are

Side-Lying Straight Leg Raise

For performing this exercise

  • Lie down on your side with your hips, knees, and ankles stacked on top of each other and keep your legs straight
  • Contract your quadriceps muscle so that your knee joint is locked
  • Maintain this contraction and slowly lift your leg. Your leg must remain straight all the time. Your body and hips remain in the same position during this
  • Hold your leg for a second and then slightly lower it
  • Repeat 10 to 20 times.
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Standing Hamstring Stretch

For performing this exercise

  • Place one foot on an elevated surface like a stair step. The higher the surface the deeper will be the scratch
  • By keeping your foot elevated contract your quadriceps muscles so that your knee will completely be straightened
  • Now lean your body forward to stretch the hamstring by keeping your knee completely straight throughout this stretch, you must feel stretch in the back of your thigh and behind your knee 
  • Hold this for 30 seconds
  • Repeat it 30 times on each side
  • You can choose a higher step length when you feel comfortable with this exercise.


For performing this exercise

  • Lie on one side with your hips, Knee, and ankles stacked on each other
  • Keep your ankles together and slowly lift your top knee upward. Your hips must not roll in the backward direction
  • Hold this for a second
  • Lower back to starting position
  • Repeat it 10 to 15 times

Piriformis stretch

To perform this exercise:

  • Lie down on your back with your knees bent and feet flat
  • Lift your one foot and place it on the thigh of the opposite leg
  • Use your hand to push your knee away from your body
  • Hold this for about 30 seconds
  • Repeat it 3 times on each side


Physical Therapy can help any further issues in the future by strengthening your muscles of the hips. It also supports and stabilizes the femur and pelvis so that irritation of muscle is removed

To minimize symptoms also make sure to

  • Avoid crossing leg when sitting
  • Avoid leaning over when hip
  • Avoid sleeping on the side of the affected hip and if both hips are affected sleep on your back
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