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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Hip Pain That Shoots to the Knee

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced hip pain that shoots to the knee. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Iliotibial (It) Band Syndrome ('Runner's Knee')

    Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome is the lateral knee pain that results from overuse that occurs after repetitive motion. It is the most common cause of lateral knee pain in runners and cyclists.

    Within 6 to 8 weeks with conservative nonsurgical treatment

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    knee pain, pain in one knee, dull, achy knee pain, knee pain that gets worse when going down stairs, sharp knee pain
    Symptoms that always occur with iliotibial (it) band syndrome ('runner's knee'):
    knee pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome

    Greater trochanteric pain syndrome is a common cause of hip pain caused by damage to the tendons and/or bursa (fluid-filled sac near a joint) at the outside point of the hip known as the greater trochanter.

    Weeks to years

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, pain in the outside of the hip, moderate hip pain, groin pain, limping
    Symptoms that always occur with greater trochanteric pain syndrome:
    pain in the outside of the hip
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Piriformis Syndrome

    Piriformis syndrome is a condition when a muscle spanning the lower spine to the top of the thighbone presses upon the sciatic nerve, causing pain and numbness.

    1-2 months

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pelvis pain, butt pain, pain when passing stools, leg numbness, hip pain
    Symptoms that never occur with piriformis syndrome:
    involuntary defecation, leaking urine
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  4. 4.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
  5. 5.Hip Fracture

    A hip fracture is a break in the upper quarter of the femur (thigh) bone. The extent of the break depends on the forces that are involved, which determines the type of surgery used for treatment.

    Full recovery can take from 2-3 months to a year

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one knee, constant hip pain, groin pain, severe hip pain, limping
    Symptoms that always occur with hip fracture:
    hip pain from an injury, constant hip pain
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  6. 6.Snapping Hip Syndrome

    Snapping hip syndrome is an audible snap in a hip during movement, which may be accompanied by pain, locking, or a sharp stabbing sensation. This often happens in athletes, especially soccer players, weight-lifters, runners, and ballet dancers.

    Months to years

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    hip pain, snapping or clicking sensation of the hip, hip pain from overuse, popping hip, clicking sensation in the hip
    Symptoms that always occur with snapping hip syndrome:
    snapping or clicking sensation of the hip
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  7. 7.Herniated (Slipped) Disk in the Lower Back

    The backbone, or spine, is made up of 26 bones called vertebrae. In between the bones are soft disks filled with a jelly-like substance. These disks cushion the vertebrae and keep them in place. Although people talk about a slipped disk, nothing actually slips out of place. The outer shell of the disk ruptures, and the jelly-like substance bulges out. It may be pressing on a nerve, which is what causes the pain.A slipped disk is more likely to happen due to strain on the back, such as during heavy lifting, and older individuals are at higher risk.

    The pain associated with a slipped disk usually goes away within six weeks. If the pain lasts longer, consult a doctor. They may send you to see a back specialist for an MRI of your spine, and surgery may be considered.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, moderate back pain, back pain that shoots down the leg, back pain that gets worse when sitting, leg weakness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Hip Pain That Shoots to the Knee

  • Q.Do you feel a snapping or clicking sensation in your hip?
  • Q.Do you run for exercise or sport?
  • Q.Do your symptoms get worse when you exercise?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?

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Hip Pain That Shoots to the Knee Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced hip pain that shoots to the knee have also experienced:

    • 17% Lower Back Pain
    • 8% Deep, Throbbing Hip Pain
    • 8% Pain in One Hip
  • People who have experienced hip pain that shoots to the knee had symptoms persist for:

    • 44% Over a Month
    • 20% Less Than a Week
    • 15% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced hip pain that shoots to the knee were most often matched with:

    • 33% Iliotibial (It) Band Syndrome ('Runner's Knee')
    • 33% Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
    • 33% Piriformis Syndrome
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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