Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome (GTPS)- is a Pain in the HIP!

Mar 26, 2024

In days gone by, and when I first trained this condition was known as bursitis, a very nasty and painful inflammation of the gel-filled capsule that allows muscles and tendons to glide smoothly as we move.

As with all things medical, the research on this condition has proven that it is a lot more complex than just an inflamed bursa.

Greater trochanteric pain syndrome is a common condition affecting the outside of the hip and thigh. It can be excruciating and debilitating, but with the right knowledge and management, and if treated early enough, you can find relief and restore normal function.



GTPS refers to painful inflammation and dysfunction of the tendons that attach the strong gluteal muscles to the side of the hip.

It affects both athletes and non-athletes and is more common in women, especially post-menopausal women due to the changes in hormones and body composition.

Symptoms of GTPS can include pain on walking, standing on one leg, and climbing stairs.



Sometimes a new exercise or physical exertion after long periods of inactivity can trigger the inflammation in the hip area.

Sitting with your legs crossed, or sitting incorrectly for long periods or repeatedly can irritate the tendons on the affected side.

Sometimes, it can be a result of a back or knee issue also, so it’s important to get a full diagnosis that finds the root cause of the problem and seek advice early.



  • Avoid sitting with your legs crossed.
  • Sit with your hips higher than your knees.
  • Stand evenly on both feet and avoid resting on one leg
  • Avoid lying on the painful hip.
  • Sleep on your back whenever possible.

We’ve seen a few cases of this painful condition recently and whilst not serious it can be excruciating but the pain will resolve with the correct treatment and care.

If you have any questions or need help and advice don’t hesitate to reach out to us here at Oakfield Chiropractic, we’re always happy to help you live pain-free.