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Anti-inflammatory medications, taken by mouth or injected into the swelling, may be used to treat bursitis.
When the condition called bursitis occurs, the slippery bursa sac becomes swollen and inflamed.
Lateral pain, worse on lying on that side, with tenderness over the greater trochanter suggests secondary trochanteric bursitis.
In the knee, this is ' housemaid's knee ' - in the elbow ' olecranon bursitis ' .