After evaluating numerous individuals during practical teaching hours, a conclusion was made that greater trochanteric bursitis is a relatively common condition. This research shows that greater trochanteric bursitis does not discriminate and can occur in a wide variety of individuals regardless of fitness levels, body type, gender, age, etc.
Greater trochanteric bursitis pain can be quite severe. It is characterized by pain over the lateral side of the hip and it prevents many from lying comfortably on their sides. Pain may radiate down through the outside of the thigh towards the knee. Pain might also be present over the gluteal area and related soft tissue surrounding the bursae. Most people complain about having trouble at night when lying on the affected side. This nocturnal pain can cause sleep disturbances and is often one of the reasons for seeking treatment.
Although it is recommended to rest the affected area, I have found that the symptoms do not really clear up after resting the area. My personal experience was that hip bursitis responds very well to most types of exercises in the BASI repertoire and the people that I trained felt a definite improvement after starting doing Pilates for this.