Painful Side Issue

Greater trochanter pain syndrome (GTPS), a painful condition that strikes the outside portion of the hip, usually occurs between the fourth and sixth decades of life. It is characterized by intermittent pain that can be traced to the “trochanteric” (the trochanter is the upper part of the femur, where it joins the pelvis) “bursa” (which acts as a shock absorber and lubricant for adjacent muscles). One of the goals of physical therapy involves reducing the compressive load by avoiding positions that lengthen the affected hip, including crossing the legs, “popping” the hip while standing, lying on either side, walking on cambered surfaces, and (in the initial stages) stretching the muscles on the outside of the hip.

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