Frequently Asked Questions on Trochanter Belts


What is a Trochanter belt?

Trochanteric belts are supportive belts designed to limit movement of the SI joint in order to reduce painful symptoms. These belts are generally made of elastic or similar stretchy material, and worn snugly strapped around the hips.

What are the benefits of trochanter belts?

Trochanter belts come standard with adjustable belt or Velcro fasteners that provide varied levels of compression and one size belt can fit anyone. When used as directed and consistently it adds support, reduces the amount of stress on the SI joint and promotes proper alignment of the pelvis.

For how long are Trochantric belts generally prescribed?

Though individual cases may differ, Trochanter belts are usually recommended for a 10-day period of wearing the belt day and night, followed by 6-8 weeks of wearing the belt during weight-bearing hours only. Vigorous exercise is discouraged during this time.

How do trochantric belts help in pregnancy?

During pregnancy ligaments become lax under hormonal influences and stretch in order to allow the pelvis to spread for delivery. It is recommended to hold the sacroiliac and pubic joints firmly together after the delivery in order to assist the ligaments in shortening and realigning the pelvis properly to the normal position.

How do trochantric belts help in pregnancy?

During pregnancy ligaments become lax under hormonal influences and stretch in order to allow the pelvis to spread for delivery. It is recommended to hold the sacroiliac and pubic joints firmly together after the delivery in order to assist the ligaments in shortening and realigning the pelvis properly to the normal position.

What are the limitations of trochanter belts?
  • Every type of SI joint dysfunction can not be treated with a trochanteric belt.
  • Arthritis patients are recommended medication or injections to reduce inflammation which might be a more appropriate treatment.
  • Individuals with leg inequality may find orthotics such as a heel lift, is better for alleviating pain and reducing joint stress.