Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science




Dr. Tom Colletti


Greater trochanteric pain syndrome (GTPS) is a diagnosis used to describe pain to the lateral hip. There are many causes of GTPS, but trochanteric bursitis is the most common occurring in approximately 1.8 patients per 1000/year and more common in women. Symptoms consist of pain to the lateral hip and point tenderness to palpation over the greater trochanter. A cure rate of ninety percent is often seen with conservative management, however there is a subset of patients with persistent or trochanteric bursitis who requires surgical intervention. Open surgical procedures were previously the standard, newer endoscopic techniques have shown better outcomes.


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