What is Trochanteric Bursitis?

Trochanteric bursitis (also known as greater trochanteric pain syndrome) is a common musculoskeletal condition where pain occurs across the outside of the upper thigh (or thighs). The inflammation of the bursa (a fluid-filled sac) prevents smooth movement between the bone and muscles/tendons in the area. Causes for this include: injury or stress to the side of your hip; prolonged pressure to the hip area; difference in leg length. It is more common in women, and those over the age of 50. It is also often seen in those recovering from hip surgery.

How can ESWT be used to treat Trochanteric Bursitis?

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (or ESWT) is a non-invasive procedure. Shock waves are channeled through the skin to the affected area, targeting the bursa. The aim is to reduce the inflammation and restore the smooth movement in the hip.

How effective is ESWT at treating this condition?

A common cause for trochanteric bursitis is a hip tendon injury, and ESWT has a strong track-record at easing other forms of tendon injuries (i.e. tendinitis). In addition, studies have shown that shock wave therapy can be effective for combating trochanteric bursitis. Since it’s a relatively modern procedure, data is still being gathered. NICE (the National Institute of Clinical Excellence) urges caution, and has encouraged further research into the procedure.

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