Greater trochanteric pain syndrome results in pain in the outer portion of the upper thigh and hip, according to Patient. Injury or inflammation of tissues, such as tendons or muscles that cover the upper portion of the femur, known as the greater trochanter, cause the pain. Individuals who sleep on their sides may experience intensified pain, or exercise may exacerbate the pain. The pain can become worse over time.
A study conducted with 3,026 men and women between the ages of 50 and 79 found that 25 percent of the women had greater trochanteric pain syndrome, while only 10 percent of the men had the condition, reports Patient. Typically the condition is the result of injury from falling on the hip or from repetitive motions that occur during activities such as running. It is also possible for infection, gout or pressure due to prolonged sitting to result in trochanteric pain syndrome.
The pain often subsides after several weeks, and the condition usually goes away without the need for treatment as the underlying tissue damage heals. It may be possible to reduce the pain and speed up the healing process by limiting exercise, applying ice and taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, states Patient.