Hip Pain – Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
Late last year Jacinta attended a course on ‘Greater trochanteric pain syndrome’. This syndrome covers many dysfunctions and injuries around the hip.
Greater trochanteric syndrome is caused by irritation of the bursa (fat pad) which is a shock absorber as well as a lubricant for the muscles around the hip that lie adjacent to it.
The bursa cannot be irritated on its own, there are many injuries that pre-exist that eventually cause the bursa to become inflamed.
Once the bursa is inflamed it can be hard to treat as it can become irritated easily. Exercise can help however it needs to be assessed appropriately and only then can a closely watched exercise program commence.
Completing a hip assessment is not an easy process, if you have had your hip assessed by us you may remember there are many objectives that we need to measure and test before we can derive exactly what is causing your hip pain. This is how we can prescribe the correct type of program.
One exercise that Jacinta has introduced to MD Health is a seated hip abduction hold with a belt. This is a great way to strengthen the gluteal muscles without causing irritation to the bursa! Once the pain has relieved we can progress to isometric holds with added resistance. You may have seen some of these exercises around the clinic!