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After osteoarthritis, greater trochanteric pain syndrome is the most frequently encountered hip ailment, estimated to affect approximately 10% to 20% of the population. The individual typically experiences pain with single-leg stance, and the discomfort is often aggravated by side-lying on the affected hip.
This problem affects females four times as often as males. Most commonly seen in ages of 40 to 60 year-olds. This common condition can be surprisingly difficult to treat without proper Chiropractic care and rehabilitative exercises, and symptoms may last months to years. While it was originally believed the lateral hip pain resulted from chronic inflammation in one of the three greater trochanter bursae, recent research confirms bursal inflammation correlates poorly with the presence of lateral hip pain. As a result, the term greater trochanteric bursitis has been abandoned in favor of greater trochanteric pain syndrome.
Based on research the following outcomes proved very interesting. One particular study of 229 patients diagnosed with unilateral greater trochanteric pain syndrome divided into one of three treatment protocols: a single local corticosteroid injection (25 mg prednisolone); a repetitive low-energy shockwave treatment; or a home training program that included specific hip abductor / rotator stretches and exercises as follows, performed twice daily, seven days a week for 12 weeks. Study findings were interesting in that corticosteroid injection produced significant short-term improvements, while shockwave treatment and home stretches / exercises produced better long-term results. Even though the injections initially gave better pain relief after a few months the exercise group had a far better outcome with greater pain reduction.
Other case evaluations indicate that home therapy coupled with chiropractic care offers the best long term outcome. This approach restores function and rebalances the muscles.
Here are some of the exercises which I recommend for this problem. If this does not seem to resolve quickly the most likely reason is nerve irritation of the lumbar spine. Chiropractic treatment will correct this and allow for better and faster results.