Pain, physical and psychological health in people with greater trochanteric pain syndrome

Takeaway

  • People with persistent greater trochanteric pain syndrome (GTPS) have worse quality of life, physical impairments, widespread hyperalgesia, depression and anxiety compared to controls.

  • There is a strong association between pain and disability scores and depression, hip abductor strength and time to complete stairs; interpretation of clinical assessments should take these potential indicators of disease severity into account.

Why this matters

    GTPS is characterized by persistent, high-level pain and disability with impaired quality of life; the presence and impact of psychological factors in this population has not been studied but could explain part of the symptom severity.