Greater Trochanteric Block

Treatment Details

Greater Trochanteric Block

What is a greater trochanteric block and how does it help with my trochanter bursitis?

Trochanter bursitis is caused by an inflammation of a bursa (a fluid-filled pouch that cushions joints/tendons) on the greater trochanter or hip socket. You will feel pain around your buttocks or hips which radiates down the outside aspect of your leg. 

How is a greater trochanteric block performed?

A greater trochanteric block is done as a minimally invasive procedure which: 

  • Takes about 15 minutes 
  • Done under light sedation 
  • We will place a fine needle into the greater trochanter bursa under X-ray or ultrasound guidance 
  • I will give a mixture of local anaesthetic and steroid solution to reduce inflammation, swelling and irritation around the greater trochanter 
What are the risks?
  • There is a very low risk of infection, bleeding and nerve damage.
  • You may temporarily experience numbness, weakness, delay in passing urine and nausea. Rarely, the pain may worsen for a short period before improving. 
What should I expect after the procedure?
  • You may have immediate pain relief from the local anaesthetic that goes away in a few hours.
  • The pain relief will then improve again in 2-3 days. The block may work from weeks to months and can be repeated. 

Every condition is different, hence it is best to consult a specialist who is experienced in managing such conditions. Reach out to Dr Timothy Thor today.


Get in Touch With Us