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Dry needling in greater trocherantic pain syndrome

...an alternative to corticosteroid injections?

Greater trocheratic pain syndrome (GTPS) is characterized by chronic intermittent pain, combined with tenderness to palpation overlying the lateral aspect of the hip.

GTPS often goes hand in hand with a number of disorders, such as gluteal tears, trigger points or a snapping hip. The most common treatment is a corticosteroid injection. These injections are known for their adverse effects, such as osteonecrosis, osteomyelitis and hallucinations. Another possible treatment, which has way less adverse effects, is dry needling.

This study shows that dry needling is as effective as a corticosteroid injections. Dry needling has less side effects and may therefore be an alternative treatment option for GTPS. However, this study only had a 6-week follow-up, and it therefore remains unclear what the long term effects are.

> From: Brennan et al., J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 47 (2017-04-25 08:20:33) 232-239 . All rights reserved to Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. Click here for the online summary.

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