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6 Potential Difficulty Moving the Hip Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  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.

    With proper attention, a hip muscle strain is likely to completely resolve.

    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.

    With treatment and after recovery in the hospital, no long-term effects.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    hip pain, moderate hip pain, dull, achy hip pain, thigh pain, groin 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.

    Surgery is the only effective treatment at this time, but this condition is considered benign, and spreading to other tissue is very rare.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    joint swelling, pain in one knee, pain in one hip, swollen knee, 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.

    Will remain for life if not treated with surgery, but is benign and is not expected to affect life expectancy.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    lower leg bump, upper leg bump, numbness in one thigh, painful thigh lump, hip bump
    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.

    Recovery from arthroscopic (minimally invasive surgery) is quick and can take a few weeks to a month.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    joint pain, pain in the outside of the hip, pain in one knee, groin pain, deep, throbbing hip pain
    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.

    Most low grade strains should recover within 1 week.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous back pain, pain in the back of the knee, hamstring tightness, sports injury, 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.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.When was your last menstrual period?
  • Q.Have you had any changes in your weight?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?

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Difficulty Moving the Hip Symptom Checker Statistics

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

    • 33% Deep, Throbbing Hip Pain
    • 11% Pain Around the Belly Button
    • 11% Pain in One Hip
  • People who have experienced difficulty moving the hip were most often matched with:

    • 50% Hip Strain
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