Do you suffer from pain on the side of your hip? Is it painful walking up stairs or when you run? Do you get pain going down to your knee? Is it [aimful lying on your side at night? You could have “Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome” sometimes called Trochanteric Bursitis.
This problem can be a cause of significant pain and irritability and can go on for many months or years without the diagnosis and targeted treatment.
Commonly there can be tendinitis of the muscles attaching to the prominent hip bone (the Greater Trochanter) and pressure on this area causes hip pain that can be difficult to resolve.
Pain may progressively worsen over time and be triggered or exacerbated by sudden unaccustomed exercise, falls, prolonged weightbearing, or sporting overuse (commonly long-distance running).
It is important to accurately diagnose GTPS early, as delay and mismanagement can worsen prognosis due to progression to recalcitrant symptoms. The condition can be mistaken for common causes of hip pain including osteoarthritis of the hip, lumbar spine referred pain, and pelvic pathology.
The aim in managing this often-debilitating condition is to treat the discomfort effectively and guiding the muscles and tendons back to their normal functional state with controlled exercise. Fundamentally getting the correct diagnosis allows us to use a targeted approach to pain management. I have experts in radiology on hand to rapidly image your hip and a team of specialists to take you through rehabilitation. Depending on your history and previous treatments some people maty undergo image guided injection or Extra-corporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy, before moving on to rehabilitation.
All cases of Trochanteric pain are different and you treatment will be tailored to your needs with a thorough discussion of treatment options.