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Dr. Daniel C. Eby

Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

Trochanteric Bursitis

Does a sharp pain in your hip wake you up at night? Do you walk or run often?

Trochanteric bursitis affects around 1 out of 50 patients each year. The disorder involves a fluid-filled structure called a bursa. The bursa’s job is to cushion a tendon to prevent damage from motion. When the bursa becomes inflamed, scarred or otherwise injured, you will likely experience a sharp pain to the outside of your hip. 

Causes and Risk Factors

Overuse, women, low back pain, smoking, iliotibial band tenderness, and obesity can put you at risk for trochanteric bursitis.

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Hip Fractures

Hip fractures come in different forms. Whether you fell onto the porch, on the driveway, or off a ladder, the type of fracture tells us what treatment you need.

Hip fractures at the neck of the femur can cause a serious condition called avascular necrosis of the femoral head. In other words, the ball of your hip can break down over time if left untreated.

If the fracture is lower down the femur, there is much less risk for avascular necrosis and therefore more options to treat the injury. In most cases, this type of injury requires surgery.

Causes and Risk Factors

Osteoporosis, obesity, women, and repeated falls place you or your loved one at a higher risk for hip fractures.

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Stress Fractures

A stress fracture is a microscopic crack in a bone that occurs from overuse. Muscles normally absorb the shock of physical activities, but when they become too fatigued to do so, they transfer the stress to the bones which results in a hairline-sized fracture.

Stress fractures usually develop in the weight-bearing bones of the feet and lower legs, often after a rapid increase in the duration or intensity of exercise or from wearing improper or worn-out athletic shoes.

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Shin Splints

Shin splints are an inflammation of the periosteum, a fibrous sheath that surrounds bone. In this case, the affected bone is the shin bone or tibia. Shin splints are usually accompanied by pain and swelling in the front of the lower leg. Most frequent in runners, this overuse injury is caused by the repetitive stress of running on hard surfaces.

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In the low back, nerves join to form the sciatic nerve, which runs down into the leg and controls the leg muscles. Sciatica is a condition that may cause radiating pain, numbness, tingling, and/or muscle weakness in the leg but originates from nerve root impingement in the lower back. Nerve impingement is most often caused by a herniated disc or spinal stenosis.

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