Clinical diagnosis of hip pain
Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation
Medical Subject Headings
Hip; Humans; Pain; Physical Examination; Range of Motion, Articular
Orthopedics | Rehabilitation and Therapy
This article reviews the evaluation of the hip including the clinical history and physical examination. As our understanding of hip pathology evolves, and arthroscopic and other minimally invasive operative techniques improve, the focus is shifting toward earlier identification of hip pathology. Risk factors for the development of arthritis are now well established and include femoral acetabular impingement, labral tearing, developmental dysplasia, and slipped capital femoral epiphysis. Emerging treatment options may address these conditions in the early stages and prevent or slow the progression of hip degeneration. It is vitally important to elucidate intra-articular versus extra-articular pathology of hip pain in every step of the patient encounter: history, physical examination, and imaging.
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Citation: Clin Sports Med. 2011 Apr;30(2):225-38. Link to article on publisher's site