Greater trochanteric pain syndrome is a fairly common issue especially coming into the warmer seasons when people get back into the gym and regular exercise after their winter slumbers. Usually compared with greater trochanteric bursitis (the inflimation of protective and shock absorbing sacks around certain joints) GTPS can be onset by a range of varying factors including but not limited to a hard fall onto the affected hip, prolonged pressure on the hip (continuous lying on one side) sports injuries and repetitive movements. As a clinician the main times I see this in clients is when they start a regime of extreme running or rigorous gym work after prolonged periods of sedentary lifestyles.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Pain is usually chronic with this type of syndrome and has referral patterns on the outside of the affected leg. Normally only affecting one side people will tend to shift weight constantly, feel pain when there is pressure around the greater trochanter (bony aspect on the lateral side of the hip)
TREATMENT AND MAINTAINENCE
During acute onset of GTPS It is advisable to use thermo (ice and heat) therapy if you are unable to see a therapist to help reduce pain on the affected side, a range of manual techniques can be implemented by a therapist such as deep tissue of the area as well as hip, knee and lower back. Some myofascial release coupled with electronic stimulation and soft manipulations can also help to decrease pain and restore regular range of motion. Exercise and manual therapies can be some of the best ways to combat GTPS, to find out more or to make a booking call FAIRFIELD WELLNESS today
(information in this article was obtained from physiopedia.com.au as well as various published articles on PubMED.com. Massage and MYOtherapists can give a DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS ONLY}