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Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome


Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome

What is Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome (Trochanteric Bursitis)?

Greater trochateric pain syndrome or trochanteric bursistis is caused injury or inflammation to the upper thigh resulting in pain and swelling in the upper and outer thigh areas of the thigh. Small tears or minor damage to the tissue, tendon or muscles of the area is generally though to be the reason for the condition
  • The most common symptom is pain to the upper or outer thigh and the hip area
  • The pain may become worse over time and may be felt more intensely when lying on your side especially at night
  • Small people may start walking with a limp with the condition

  • An injury caused by a fall on your hip area
  • Repetitive movement to the area (excessive running)
  • Infections such as TB, gout and arthritis can sometimes cause this condition
  • Having a difference in leg length (leg discrepancy)
  • Usually the pain from the condition goes away without treatment over the length of time. This could be a matter of weeks or occasionally some months but usually there is no long term serious underlying problem
  • Decreasing the amount of movement to the affected area will help speed up recovery
  • Applying ice packs will help relieve pain
  • Over the counter pain killers will help with managing the pain
  • Sometimes a steroid injection to the area may be prescribed by your doctor
  • Physiotherapy may be appropriate if the steroid injection fails to help
  • Wearing supportive foot wear may help or placing insoles to provide you with the necessary support required

  • Taking care not to excessively work out this area
  • Wear protective gear to prevent injury to this area
  • Good technique when running or walking
  • Wearing shoes with good support or insoles must be placed in foot wear
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