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Greater Trochanter Pain Syndrome


Outside hip pain, a lot of people experience it, but not a lot of people really know the underlying mechanisms behind it…

Keep reading this blog to find out more about this!

What is Greater Trochanter Pain Syndrome?

With this condition, pain normally presents on the outside of the hip and is normally quite tender to touch or lay on. It is particularly aggravated when standing on a single leg. It generally affects women more than men, and it’s normally women that are typically living a sedentary lifestyle and around the age of 40 years old. However, it can also affect the athletic population, mainly runners.

Greater trochanteric pain syndrome is actually an umbrella term to describe three separate conditions which are related to that outside of the hip pain. The first condition, and most common, is gluteal tendinopathy. This is where specifically the glute medius and the glute minimus tendons become aggravated and quite painful because they’re unable to deal with the load of the stresses that are being applied to them.

The second most common condition is hip bursitis. The bursas around the greater trochanter become very inflamed and painful. Both of these conditions can actually present at the same time as well.

The third condition relates to the IT band. It’s where the increased tension in the IT band causes it to flick over the greater trochanter, so flick over the area, which causes a lot of inflammation and a lot of pain.

Conservative management is the best approach when treating this condition, and that would typically include education, exercise selection, shockwave therapy and some manual therapy.

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