Diagnosing Trochanteric Bursitis
Diagnostic Exams and Tests
Your doctor may aspirate (use a needle) to remove fluid from the bursa to check for possible staphylococcus epidermis (or staphylococcus aureus) bacterial infection. The knee and elbow tend to be the joints that are prone to septic (infectious) bursitis. If infection is detected you will be prescribed an antibiotic to treat it.
X-rays will provide a two-dimensional image of the overall structure of your pelvis. Although bursitis cannot be diagnosed from an X-ray, they are helpful in identifying other possible causes of pain and/or ruling out other conditions.
Some other possible causes of pain that an x-ray can identify include instability, abnormal bone shapes (bone spurs or bone cysts), wear and tear on the joints, avulsion fractures (when a fragment of bone tears away from the main bone along with the muscle, tendon, or ligament as a result of trauma), dislocations, arthritis, calcium deposits in the bursa or joint, and/or other problems.
MRI and CT Scans
You doctor may also order an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or a CT (computed tomography) scan for more detailed information to help evaluate the soft tissues (bursa, muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and other connective tissues) in and around your hip joint. They will show fluid next to the muscle, and may identify bursitis, tendinitis, inflammation, tears and other associated conditions.
Ultrasonography can confirm diagnosis and demonstrate tissue disruption or thickened tendons. It is good for identifying bursitis and excessive fluid in bursa, and/or eliminating other causes of pain.
If you have been diagnosed with trochanteric bursitis, please read through our Trochanteric Bursitis Treatments page. It is likely that you will notice a surprising change in your bursitis recovery if you choose to take conservative treatments seriously and treat yourself at home every single day. Almost all of our bursitis clients have experienced substantial benefits including significant pain reduction and a marked improvement in the range of motion in their hip. We of course guarantee that you will encounter the same benefit through our 60 day money-back return policy: if you use our products as instructed and do not experience improvement, return our product and we will give you your money back!
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