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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Hip Weakness

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

  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.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
  3. 3.Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

    The kneecap (patella) is located directly in front of the thigh bone (femur), and should normally glide freely up and down. In this condition, called patellofemoral pain syndrome, the kneecap may rub against the thigh bone instead of gliding smoothly, causing damage and pain.

    Most people get better within weeks to months of physical therapy.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    knee pain, pain in one knee, knee pain that gets worse when going up stairs, dull, achy knee pain, knee pain that gets worse when squatting
    Symptoms that always occur with patellofemoral pain syndrome:
    knee pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  4. 4.Limb - Girdle Muscular Dystrophy

    Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy is an inherited disorder that involves varying muscle weakness and wasting.

    This genetic disorder is considered irreversible, but symptoms can be effectively managed with treatment

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    muscle aches, weakness, arm weakness, leg weakness, shoulder weakness
    Symptoms that always occur with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy:
    weakness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Vertebral Osteomyelitis

    Infection of the spinal bones (Vertebral Osteomyelitis) is caused by the spread of bacteria through the blood from another body part that lands in the spine. It's typically caused by bugs named Staph. Aureus (40-50% of the time), streptococci (12%), e.coli (9%), and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (6%).

    6 weeks of antibiotics typically clears things up

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    upper back pain, spontaneous neck or back pain, fever, foot numbness, upper leg numbness
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  6. 6.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 Weakness

  • Q.Are your hamstrings tight?
  • Q.Do you have difficulty moving your hip?
  • Q.While lying down on a firm surface, keep both legs straight. Have a friend slowly raise one leg at a time by lifting your ankle into the air. Do you have pain in that leg before fully raising it to a perpendicular position? (This is called the straight leg test.)
  • Q.Is the knee pain affecting one or both knees?

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Hip Weakness Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced hip weakness have also experienced:

    • 15% Thigh Weakness
    • 9% Lower Leg Weakness
    • 7% Ankle Weakness
  • People who have experienced hip weakness had symptoms persist for:

    • 53% Over a Month
    • 15% Less Than a Day
    • 15% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced hip weakness were most often matched with:

    • 60% Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
    • 20% Hip Strain
    • 20% Hamstring Strain
  • 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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