A trochanter roll is formed by first folding, then rolling soft materials such as towels, diapers or linens into a cylindrical shape similar to a tall, round canister. A trochanter roll supports the hip area in patients immobilized due to injury, arthritis or surgery.
The name trochanter is derived from the bony knobs at the head of the femur, the large upper leg bone. These knobs are important points for muscles that attach to the hip. A trochanter roll not only immobilizes the hip area, but it helps prevent bed sores, which are skin ulcers created when the blood supply to tissues is impeded. A trochanter roll keeps hips in a neutral position and is ideal for use in patients with paralysis or muscle weakness.