Greater trochanteric pain syndrome (GTPS) is a common source of hip discomfort. It affects approximately 25% of women and 10% of men over age fifty. Anti-inflammatory medications and steroid injections can help to manage the symptoms, but carry a risk of harmful side-effects. A Farmington MI chiropractor offers safe, drug-free therapies for effective hip pain relief.
The greater trochanter is a bony protuberance at the top of the femur near the hip joint. GTPS occurs when the muscles, tendons, fascia or bursa in the trochanter area become pulled, torn or inflamed. It can be caused by osteoarthritis, repetitive stress on the hips, an infection or an acute injury such as a fall.
The main symptom of GTPS is pain or soreness in the hip and outer thigh. The pain may be continuous or intermittent, but tends to worsen with activity. It is aggravated by lying on the affected side and can interfere with sleep. The hip joint may feel stiff and mobility may be limited.
When patients with hip pain visit the Farmington clinic, they are thoroughly assessed. The chiropractor reviews their symptoms and observes their movements. He then carries out a physical examination and palpitates the greater trochanter. An x-ray or MRI scan of the hip may be used to precisely locate the source of the pain.
In many cases, hands-on chiropractic care can successfully relieve the symptoms of GTPS. Careful adjustments enable the femur to swivel smoothly in the hip joint socket, reducing stress on the surrounding tissues. Soothing massage relaxes stiff, sore muscles. Gentle stretches enhance range of motion.
The Farmington MI chiropractor provides additional therapies depending on the patient’s individual needs. Low level lasers can be used to reduce inflammation, alleviate pain and accelerate the healing process. Orthotics can be worn in the shoes to relieve pressure on the hip joint. A daily exercise routine can help to decrease pain and stiffness when walking.