Greater trochanteric pain syndrome (GTPS) is a condition that causes pain in the outer hips. Sometimes, the sensation radiates down the sides of the legs, as well. Often, GTPS begins due to problems with the tendons around the hip joints, though it may also develop when a pouch of fluid called bursa, which lies near the hips, becomes inflamed. Although it is not a dangerous health condition, GTPS can cause considerable pain and discomfort.
An impact or trauma to the hip is often the cause of GTPS. Rapidly increasing physical activities such as running can also damage the tendons. Spending prolonged periods standing, a high body mass index, and weakness in the surrounding muscles can also lead to the condition. Sometimes, people with diagnosed conditions such as arthritis develop GTPS in conjunction.
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