Isometric versus isotonic exercise for greater trochanteric pain syndrome: a randomised controlled pilot study

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Key Points

  1. Both isometric and isotonic exercises appear effective for Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome (GTPS) is a common and often debilitating condition and yet barely a handful of studies have examined the effectiveness of exercise programmes for its management. In Achilles and patellar tendinopathy, eccentric loading and heavy, slow resistance training have been studied (1,2,3), but similar approaches have not been assessed in detail for GTPS. This was the first study to compare isometric exercise with isotonic exercise in GTPS and its primary aim was to evaluate the outcomes.

Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome is a common and often debilitating condition.
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From a clinical standpoint, the findings of this study may allow us flexibility to decide a rehab approach that will suit each individual.

METHODS

In this randomised controlled pilot trial 30 participants were recruited with GTPS (only 23 completed the trial) and were randomly assigned to either isometric or isotonic exercises. Inclusion criteria included age 18 or over, lateral hip pain (LHP) for more

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