Hypermobility among patients with greater trochanteric pain syndrome

Dan Med J. 2019 Apr;66(4):A5539.


Introduction: Greater trochanteric pain syndrome (GTPS) is a common and disabling hip condition. Hypermobility has been suggested as a possible cause of GTPS. The purpose of this study was to report the prevalence of hypermobility and to investigate its impact on hip-related function and awareness in patients with GTPS.

Methods: This cross-sectional study was based on a cohort of patients diagnosed with GTPS in the 2013-2015 period. Hypermobility was investigated with the Beighton Score and defined by a cut-off score ≥ 5. Data on patients' current hip function and awareness were collected with the questionnaires the Copenhagen Hip and Groin Outcome Score and the Forgotten Joint Score.

Results: A total of 612 patients with GTPS were identified based on the diagnosis system; out of those, 390 patients were assessed for eligibility, and 145 (37%) were included. The prevalence of hypermobility within this cohort was estimated to be 11% (95% confidence interval (CI): 3-26%) for males and 25% (95% CI: 17-34%) for females. No significant association was found between hypermobility and self-reported hip function and awareness.

Conclusions: The prevalence of hypermobility in patients with GTPS was high, but the prevalence of hypermobility did not influence hip function and awareness. The results were based on a very low response rate and should be interpreted with this in mind.

Funding: none.

Trial registration: not relevant.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Arthralgia / etiology*
  • Cohort Studies
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Denmark / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Femur*
  • Hip Joint / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Joint Instability / complications*
  • Joint Instability / epidemiology
  • Linear Models
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain Measurement
  • Prevalence
  • Self Report