Trochanteric bursitis or hip bursitis is a condition most often found in middle aged or elderly people. It is however; not uncommon in athletes and football or soccer players where extended periods of running are required.
Bursae are found throughout the body, particularly in the shoulder, knee, ankle and hip joints. They are small sacs of fluid, which cushion and lubricate the areas between the bones, muscles and tendons of the joints. When these bursae or sacs become irritated or inflamed, more fluid accumulates in the bursa, and will result in bursitis. Inflammation of the trochanteric bursa is a common cause of hip pain.