Greater trochanteric pain syndrome is more commonly referred to as trochanteric bursitis among the general population but can include other dysfunctions of the hip such as gluteal tendinopathy, iliotibial band disorders and myofascial trigger points.
GTPS is related to overuse and improper biomechanics of the pelvis and hips with movement. Poor mechanics leads to chronic microtrauma of the structures surrounding the hip such as tendons and bursae. A bursa acts a cushion to the bone, protecting the attachment site of a muscle. When a muscle is functioning incorrectly then it leads to more force through the tendon which irritates the bursa it overlies. The inflammatory process is started and pain is generated from surrounding pain fibers. GTPS can be related back to dysfunction of the muscles of the hip and failure to control movement, not a specific dysfunction of the bursa itself.
•Pain over the lateral hip that may or may not radiate down the side of the thigh
•Pain standing for long times, walking, running
•Pain when going up stairs, standing up from a chair
•Pain when laying on the hip or crossing your leg
How does physical therapy help?
Physical therapy can help improve your range of motion, flexibility hip strength and core strength to treat greater trochanteric pain syndrome and improve your functional activities. F.I.T. will address your specific deficits and dysfunctions to return you to your daily activity faster.
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