Greater Trochanteric Bursitis (GTB) is a common condition that affects the hip and causes pain on the outer side of the hip. The condition is caused by inflammation of the bursa on the greater trochanter, which is a bony protrusion on the femur bone. GTB can be very painful and limit a person’s mobility. Thomas & Bigler Knee & Shoulder Institute, led by board certified orthopedic surgeons Dr. Steven C. Thomas and Dr. Gregory T. Bigler provides treatment of greater trochanteric bursitis to patients in Las Vegas, Nevada as well as greater Pahrump, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu, and Mesquite, NV.
What is Greater Trochanteric Bursitis?
Greater Trochanteric Bursitis is a condition that causes pain and inflammation in the bursa located on the outer side of the hip. The bursa is a small sac filled with fluid that helps to reduce friction between the bone, tendons, and muscles. When this bursa becomes inflamed, it can cause pain and discomfort.
GTB is a common condition that affects people of all ages, but it is more prevalent in women than men. The condition can also be associated with other medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and diabetes.
There are several causes of GTB, including overuse of the hip joint, injury to the hip, and medical conditions that cause inflammation. Overuse of the hip joint can be caused by activities such as running, cycling, or standing for long periods. Injury to the hip can be caused by falls, car accidents, or sports injuries.
Medical conditions that cause inflammation can also contribute to GTB. These conditions include rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and diabetes. In some cases, GTB can also be caused by infection or tumors.
The symptoms of GTB can vary, but the most common symptom is pain on the outer side of the hip. The pain may be sharp or dull and can be worsened by activities such as walking, running, or climbing stairs. Other symptoms may include:
- Stiffness in the hip joint
- Swelling on the outer side of the hip
- Tenderness when pressure is applied to the hip
- Difficulty sleeping on the affected side
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see an orthopedic surgeon for a proper diagnosis.
There are several treatment options available for GTB, including non-surgical and surgical options. Non-surgical treatment options include:
Rest and Activity Modification
Resting the hip joint and avoiding activities that worsen the pain can help to reduce inflammation and promote healing. Modifying activities can also help to reduce stress on the hip joint and prevent further injury.
Physical therapy can help to strengthen the muscles around the hip joint and improve flexibility. This can help to reduce pain and improve mobility.
Over-the-counter pain medication, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, can help to reduce pain and inflammation.
Steroid injections can be used to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. However, they are not a long-term solution and should be used sparingly.
If non-surgical treatment options do not provide relief, orthopedic surgery may be necessary. The type of surgery will depend on the severity of the condition and may include:
- Bursectomy – removal of the bursa
- Tendon release – release of the tendons around the hip joint
- Hip Replacement – replacement of the hip joint
Greater Trochanteric Bursitis can be a painful and debilitating condition that can limit a person’s mobility. However, there are several treatment options available that can help to reduce pain and improve mobility. If you are experiencing symptoms of GTB, it is important to see an orthopedic surgeon for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. With the right treatment, you can get back to your daily activities and enjoy life without pain. Board certified orthopedic surgeons Dr. Steven C. Thomas and Dr. Gregory T. Bigler provides treatment of greater trochanteric bursitis to patients in Las Vegas, Nevada as well as greater Pahrump, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu, and Mesquite, NV.
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