Shockwave Therapy for Trochanteric bursitis- what is it?
Shockwave therapy can be used to treat Trochanteric bursitis. Trochanteric bursitis is an awful pain in the hip… it is inflammation of the bursa on the side of the hip.
Bursae are fluid filled sacks that lie over bony prominences and allow muscles and tendons to move freely. This may also affect the tendons to the hip muscles. This is called Calcific tendonopathy.
Trochanteric Bursitis and Calcific tendonopathy is a common cause of hip pain.
What are the symptoms?
• Pain on outside of the hip or thigh.
• Often worse when walking and can cause limping.
• Can disturb sleep especially if lying on affected side.
• Swelling is sometimes observed on the side of the hip
what are the causes?
• Unequal leg length.
• Altered biomechanics.
• Repetitive activities.
• Weak hip muscles.
What’s the treatment? WATCH THE VIDEO
Treatment of trochanteric bursitis (greater trochanteric pain syndrome [GTPS]) may include:
application of ice,
injection of corticosteroids and local anesthetics,
administration of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
So, what if you’ve done all of the treatment and you still have the pain!?
The answer may lie with Extracorporeal Shockwave therapy (ESWT).
Here at Therapy in Motion we use the Zimmer en puls Shockwave therapy machine manufactured in Germany.
ESWT is a procedure where shock waves are passed through the skin to the injured part of the body, using a special device. Extracorporeal means outside of the body. The shockwaves are mechanical and not electric. They are audible, low-energy sound waves, which work by increasing blood flow to the injured area. This speeds up your body’s healing process. You will usually require a course of three to four treatments, one to two weeks apart.