Trochanteric (Hip) Bursitis – What is it, and How is it Treated?


Hip pain is never a pleasant experience, and it’s something which can affect people both young and old. One of the most common hip related conditions is greater trochanteric pain syndrome (GTPS). Over time, this condition has had quite a few different names such as hip bursitis and glute tendonitis. We prefer to call it GTPS these days, because  there are often a number of different variables at play, and it isn’t fair to point fingers at just one thing. In this blog post Brunswick Heads Physio will be sharing some common causes andsymptoms to look out for and treatment options available.

What is GTPS?

Within the hip, there are numerous tendons and bones surrounded by bursa which are essentially ‘cushioning sacks’ which help to reduce friction between these different tissues. Sometimes, the bursa and the surrounding tendons can become inflamed as a result of either an acute injury or excessive load. The resulting pain and inflammation can contribute to the development of GTPS, which can be quite debilitating and require professional diagnosis and treatment.

Symptoms of GTPS

Here are some signs you may be suffering from GTPS:

  • Pain and tenderness around the hip bone (greater trochanter)
  • Difficulty walking, running, or going up stairs
  • Dull or burning pain which is exacerbated by physical activity (e.g. walking, running, cycling, standing for long periods etc).
  • Pain and stiffness often in the morning
  • Difficulty sleeping on your side or crossing your leg due to pain

If you notice any of the above, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible with a physiotherapist. Upon diagnosis, we will assist in minimising your discomfort and getting you on track to a full recovery.

Diagnosis of GTPS

During your consultation, your physiotherapist will complete a thorough examination to formally diagnose your condition. Some of the things your physio will check for include:

  • Signs of tenderness around the hip bone
  • Pain during resisted hip testing
  • Pain during special hip tests specifically designed to diagnose GTPS

In most cases a physical examination may be all that is necessary to confirm a diagnosis, however we may also refer you for a diagnostic ultrasound, x-ray, or MRI if we think there might be other issues at play.

Physio Treatment at Brunswick Heads Physio

Treatment for GTPS generally include:

  • Deep tissue massage
  • Muscle strengthening and corrective exercise
  • Education about your diagnosis
  • Game plan to get you back to doing what you love

The treatment options available will vary from individual to individual. Physiotherapists at Brunswick Heads Physio work in close consultation with local doctors and medical professionals, and we regularly treat individuals suffering from GTPS. We will prepare a tailored treatment plan to suit your unique condition and lifestyle, so please call us today to schedule an appointment.

Call Brunswick Heads Physio Today – Your Partner in Bursitis Recovery

Don’t put up with hip pain, overcome it once and for all. Our friendly and professional team of physiotherapists treat individuals of all ages, and our management plans are based on evidence-based research and proven results. We’re your local physio Brunswick Heads, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Call Brunswick Heads Physio on 0419 629 333 or book an appointment online today.