Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome.
Treating Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
Greater trochanteric pain syndrome (GTPS) is a condition characterized by pain on the outside of the hip. This pain is due to inflammation or irritation of the structures around the greater trochanter, including the bursa, tendons, and other soft tissues. Here’s a step-by-step guide for recovering from GTPS.
1. Initial Pain Relief
- Rest: Reduce activities that provoke the pain, especially those that involve repetitive hip movement or prolonged weight-bearing.
- Ice: Apply cold packs to the hip for 15-20 minutes every 1-2 hours to help reduce inflammation and pain.
- Over-the-counter Pain Relievers: NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen can help reduce pain and inflammation. Always use as directed and consult with a healthcare professional.
- Modify Activities: Avoid prolonged standing, walking, or running on uneven surfaces, and minimise activities that involve repetitive hip motions.
- Supportive Footwear: Wear shoes that offer good cushioning and support.
3. Physical Therapy
- Strengthening: Strengthen the muscles of the hip, particularly the gluteus medius, which can help stabilise the hip and reduce strain on the bursa and tendons.
- Manual Therapy: Techniques such as deep tissue massage, myofascial release, and joint mobilisations can be beneficial.
Modalities: If you’ve had the condition for over 3 months, evidence suggests that Shockwave Therapy is one of the most effective forms of treatment.
4. Postural Modification
- Avoid stretching the muscles around the hip.
- Try to reduce the amount of time spent crossed leg.
- Have a pillow between your legs at night if you sleep on your side, and try to not sleep on affected side.
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