A greater trochanteric bursa hip injection can allow for significant pain relief from bursitis. Common painful conditions which predispose some patients to bursitis and for which this procedure may be useful include repetitive use injuries, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and trauma.
Steroids can be injected into the greater trochanteric bursa via a needle. This can be done with live x-ray or by feeling the bony landmarks. Steroids (cortisone) are potent anti-inflammatories which can provide substantial reduction in pain.
Although extremely rare, risks may include bleeding, infection, allergic reaction to the medication, damage to tendons and muscles, and prolonged increase in pain. Your experienced Center for Pain Management doctor will take all necessary precautions to try to prevent these complications.