How should you treat trochanteric bursitis?
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Conservative measures—followed by corticosteroid injection, if necessary—are best. Conservative therapy includes rest, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and stretching exercises focused on the lower back and sacroiliac joints (strength of recommendation [SOR]: C, usual practice). Patients whose symptoms persist despite conservative therapy are likely to benefit from an injection of 24 mg betamethasone and 1% lidocaine (or equivalent) into the inflamed bursa (SOR: B, limited-quality, patient-oriented evidence).
Journal of Family Practice, 58(9) 2009: 494+.
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