Treatment of trochanteric bursitis, great trochanter pain syndrome (GTPS), with local cortisone injection

The clinical diagnosis great trochanter pain syndrome (GTPS) is characterised by pain and tenderness on palpation in adherence to the greater trochanter of the hip (trochanter major). The condition was previously titled trochanteric bursitis. The greater trochanter of the hip is a projection of the upper part of the femur and can be felt under the skin on the outside of the hip. GTPS can have a large effect on the daily life and quality of life of a patient and is a common cause of care seeking in primary care. The patients are not seldom offered a local injection of cortisone. But how health professionals are to treat GTPS optimally is essentially unclear.

Question

Is there evidence for treatment of trochanteric bursitis, great trochanter pain syndrome (GTPS), with local cortisone injection?

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SBU Enquiry response consists of systematic literature searches to highlight studies that can address questions received by the SBU Enquiry Service from Swedish healthcare or social service providers. Relevant references are compiled by an SBU staff member, in consultation with an external expert when needed. The quality of the studies identified is not systematically reviewed.

Published: 4/4/2017
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