Hip Pain: Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment
What causes hip pain?
For kids who are growing, it is common to experience aches and pains – even in their hips. It can be caused by their level of activity or inactivity– i.e. too little or too much. However, understanding the specifics of those complaints is important to make sure that the cause of the pain is not something more.
What are the signs and symptoms of hip problems?
- Pain in the hip, groin, thigh or knee with activity.
- Reduced movement or range of motion of the hip.
- Limping while walking.
- In toddlers, the child refuses to stand or walk on the affected leg.
When should I go to the doctor for hip pain?
- If your child’s pain is persistent or they are having issues walking or performing daily tasks, it is important for them to be seen by a pediatric orthpedic specialist.
- If your child is febrile, looks ill and refuses to move the leg or walk, hip infection may be the reason and the child should be seen at an emergency room.
Hip disorders can affect one or both hips and are sometimes apparent at birth or develop during childhood. Scottish Rite for Children treats thousands of patients with hip pain for the below hip disorders every year:
- Developmental Hip Dysplasia
- Adolescent Hip Dysplasia
- Perthes Disease
- Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis
- Femoroacetabular Impingement
- Transient synovitis of the hip
- Sickle cell disease affecting the hip
- Avascular necrosis of the hip
- Bone dysplasias affecting the hip
- Sports related injuries of the hip
- Avulsion injuries of muscles around the hip
- Hip dislocation due to Downs syndrome
- Hip subluxation and dislocation due to cerebral palsy
- Hip dysplasia due to Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
Areas of Treatment
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