[Greater trochanteric pain syndrome]

Orthopade. 2014 Jan;43(1):105-16; quiz 117-8. doi: 10.1007/s00132-013-2208-8.
[Article in German]


Greater trochanteric pain is one of the common complaints in orthopedics. Frequent diagnoses include myofascial pain, trochanteric bursitis, tendinosis and rupture of the gluteus medius and minimus tendon, and external snapping hip. Furthermore, nerve entrapment like the piriformis syndrome must be considered in the differential diagnosis. This article summarizes essential diagnostic and therapeutic steps in greater trochanteric pain syndrome. Careful clinical evaluation, complemented with specific imaging studies and diagnostic infiltrations allows determination of the underlying pathology in most cases. Thereafter, specific nonsurgical treatment is indicated, with success rates of more than 90 %. Resistant cases and tendon ruptures may require surgical intervention, which can provide significant pain relief and functional improvement in most cases.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Arthralgia / diagnosis*
  • Arthralgia / etiology*
  • Arthralgia / therapy
  • Arthritis / complications*
  • Arthritis / diagnosis
  • Arthritis / therapy
  • Bursitis / complications*
  • Bursitis / diagnosis
  • Bursitis / therapy
  • Hip Joint / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Nerve Compression Syndromes / complications*
  • Nerve Compression Syndromes / diagnosis
  • Nerve Compression Syndromes / therapy
  • Pain Measurement / methods
  • Syndrome
  • Tendinopathy / complications*
  • Tendinopathy / diagnosis
  • Tendinopathy / therapy