How are corticosteroid injections administered for the treatment of bursitis of the greater trochanter?

Updated: Mar 01, 2019
  • Author: Jess D Salinas, Jr, MD; Chief Editor: Elizabeth A Moberg-Wolff, MD  more...
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The injection technique for bursitis of the greater trochanter is as follows:

  • The patient should lie on the unaffected side.

  • Identify the point of maximal tenderness, which typically is over the posteroinferior edge of the greater trochanter.

  • Advance the needle until it gently contacts bone.

  • Withdraw the needle about 0.25-0.5 cm, and administer a partial injection.

  • The remaining medication should be infiltrated into the surrounding area in a fan-shaped pattern.


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