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What is hip bursitis? Bursitis is irritation or inflammation of the bursa. A bursa is a fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between tendons, bones, and skin. There is a bump on the outer side of the upper part of the thigh bone (femur) called the greater trochanter. The trochanteric bursa is located over…

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External snapping hip syndrome occurs when the IT band or gluteus maximus tendon catch on the greater trochanter.

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Its Not Always Bursitis: Greater Trochanter Pain Syndrome, for the hip, go to the opposite shoulder

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The Femur consists of four parts: the head, greater trochanter, lesser trochanter, and the lower extremity. Learn more about the vital role or femur on the bones of our legs.

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The gluteus medius originates on the outer surface of the ilium bone and runs to the greater trochanter of the femur. This muscle acts to stabilize the pelvis when standing on one leg and during walking. The gluteus medius is also a primary abductor of the hip. Its anterior fibers act to synergize flexing and internally rotating the flexed hip; its more posterior fibers synergize extending and externally rotating the extended hip.

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Bony landmarks. There are four: 1) the greater trochanter, 2) the PSIS, 3) the ASIS, and 4) the head of the fibula.

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A Hidden Weakness in Your Yoga Practice You'll Want to Understand

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The most common cause of a snapping hip is the iliotibial band snapping over the greater trochanter, sudden loading of the hip.