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Trochanteric Pain Treatment Overview

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First steps to consider

  • Mild to moderate pain can be treated at home.
  • Use ice and heat, take OTC pain relievers, and do gentle stretches to help with pain.
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When you may need a provider

  • Your pain is moderate to severe
  • Treating yourself is not helping the pain or pain is interfering with everyday activities or makes it difficult to sleep.
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Emergency Care

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Go to the ER if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Redness or severe swelling
  • Unbearable pain with hip movement
  • Unable to put weight on your leg

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When you may need a healthcare provider

Most cases of greater trochanteric pain syndrome are helped by home remedies, including ice and heat, OTC antiinflammatories, and stretching.

It can take 4–6 weeks for symptoms to improve and up to 6 months for pain to go away completely.  See a healthcare provider if your symptoms are not getting better after 3–4 weeks of regular home treatment.

Greater trochanteric pain symptoms can mimic other conditions like torn hip tendons or pinched nerves in the lower back. See a healthcare provider if you develop a severe limp or have shooting leg pain with numbness and tingling.

Getting diagnosed

Greater trochanteric pain syndrome is usually diagnosed based on your symptoms and a physical exam.  Your doctor may recommend X-rays to check for other causes of pain like arthritis. In rare cases, an MRI of the hip may be necessary to look for tears in the hip tendons—though tears are an uncommon cause of greater trochanteric pain syndrome.

What to expect from your doctor visit

The doctor will discuss your current treatments including any OTC medications you are taking.

  • If OTC medications are not helping, you may be given prescription anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
  • Physical therapy to help stretch and strengthen the muscles around your hip is often recommended.
  • If your pain doesn’t improve with NSAIDs and physical therapy, your doctor may recommend a cortisone injection into the hip. This helps to directly reduce inflammation in the area.
  • Greater trochanteric pain syndrome rarely requires surgery. Sometimes, it may be necessary to remove the hip bursa sac and lengthen the tissues around your hip. If there are tears in the hip tendons, they may require surgical repair.

Prescription medications for greater trochanteric pain syndrome

Prescription anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) include:

  • Meloxicam (Mobic)
  • Celecoxib (Celebrex)
  • Naproxen (Naprosyn)
  • Nabumetone (Relafen)
  • Voltaren (Diclofenac)

What kind of doctor treats greater trochanteric pain syndrome?

  • A primary care provider can treat mild to moderate symptoms.
  • An orthopedist is a specialist in diagnosing and treating bone, joint, tendon, and muscle conditions.
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