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Your Difficulty Moving the Hip May Also be Known as:
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Top 6 Difficulty Moving the Hip Causes

  1. 1.Hip Strain

    A strain, also known as a pulled muscle, occurs when a muscle is stretched or torn. A hip strain is a result of a pulled hip muscle.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own. A muscle strain can be treated with rest, ice, compression, and pain medication.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one hip, moderate hip pain, mild hip pain, difficulty moving the hip, swelling of one hip
    Symptoms that always occur with hip strain:
    pain in one hip
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Hip Dislocation

    A slipped capital femoral epiphysis is a separation of the ball of the hip joint from the thigh bone (femur) at the upper growing end (growth plate) of the bone.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an urgent care clinic or ER. A doctor will confirm the diagnosis with X-Ray or CT imaging, and if confirmed, you will be admitted to the hospital to have complete bed rest. Surgery is usually advised to stabilize the slipped bone and prevent it from moving further.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    hip pain, moderate hip pain, limping, dull, achy hip pain, thigh pain
    Symptoms that always occur with hip dislocation:
    hip pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  3. 3.Synovial Chondromatosis

    Synovial chondromatosis is a disease affecting the synovium, which is a thin flexible membrane around a joint. It can often be confused with tendinitis and/or arthritis.

    You should visit your primary care physician to discuss the possibility of removing the synovium.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    joint swelling, pain in one knee, swollen knee, swollen ankle, spontaneous knee pain
    Symptoms that always occur with synovial chondromatosis:
    joint swelling
    Symptoms that never occur with synovial chondromatosis:
    fever, night sweats, unintentional weight loss, warm red ankle swelling, warm red knee swelling, warm and red elbow swelling
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  4. 4.Benign Bony Growth (Osteochondroma)

    An osteochondroma is a non-cancerous growth that usually develops during childhood or adolescence. It is a benign tumor that forms on the surface of a bone near the growth plate.

    You should visit your primary care physician for X-Ray evaluation. In most cases this condition is treated by careful observation over time to make sure the tumor does not grow. Surgery is considered if the osteochondroma causes pain, puts pressure on a nearby nerve or blood vessel, or has a large cap of cartilage.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    numbness in one arm, numbness in one thigh, swelling of one arm, hip deformity, swollen knee
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis

    The synovium is a thin layer of tissue that surrounds joints, providing a small amount of fluid to lubricate the joint and aid in movement. In pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS), the synovium thickens and overgrows. This mass typically only affects one joint, is not cancerous, and does not spread to other parts of the body.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will likely coordinate care with a muscle and bone specialist (orthopedic surgeon). The treatment for PVNS is surgery and radiation therapy.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one knee, spontaneous knee pain, swollen knee, joint pain, pain in the inside of the knee
    Symptoms that never occur with pigmented villonodular synovitis:
    knee instability
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Hamstring Strain

    A strain, commonly called a "pulled muscle," is when a muscle becomes overstretched and tears. A hamstring strain happens when one of the muscles on the back of the upper leg (thigh) is pulled.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own. A muscle strain can be treated with rest, ice, compression, and pain killers.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous back pain, hamstring tightness, sports injury, pain in the back of the knee, hamstring pain
    Symptoms that always occur with hamstring strain:
    hamstring pain
    Symptoms that never occur with hamstring strain:
    groin pain, hip pain, pain in the outside of the hip, difficulty moving the hip
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Difficulty Moving the Hip

  • Q.Is your hip pain constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.How long has your hip pain been going on?
  • Q.Do your symptoms get worse when you exercise?
  • Q.Have you had night sweats?

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Difficulty Moving the Hip Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced difficulty moving the hip have also experienced:

    • 20% Hip Pain That Gets Worse in the Morning
    • 20% Deep, Throbbing Hip Pain
    • 20% Pain Around the Belly Button
  • People who have experienced difficulty moving the hip were most often matched with:

    • 50% Hip Strain

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