Point to the pain; if you just pointed to the greater trochanter which is on the outside of your upper leg, you probably do not have hip arthritis. Arthritis pain in the hip joint is usually felt on the inside of the leg, near the groin. Many people like you might be mislead into thinking that you have hip arthritis when you do not. This case of mistaken identity might then lead you to believe that there is nothing to be done or that there is no chance of getting better without a major joint replacement surgery. Nothing could be further from the truth if you just pointed to the greater trochanter.
The typical profile of individuals that suffer with trochanter pain is similar to those that suffer with hip arthritis. Typically, women ages 40-60 years old have these pains in the upper leg. The pain is usually worse with climbing stairs, getting out of a chair or standing. Even lying on the affected side is painful. But the similariti...
If you've sustained an injury or trauma to your hip, and have persistent pain, you need to have diagnostic testing to check for the presence of a hip fracture. Because hip fractures are hard to diagnose with X-rays alone, further testing is necessary if patients continue to have pain.
Recently emergency rooms have seen this type of situation where a patient arrives for treatment, after an injury or fall, but the X-rays are normal even though they have a fracture.
With the prevalence of hip fractures in the elderly, we need to have additional testing available, if these X-rays don't locate a fracture, and the pain persists. If you have normal hip X-rays but can't bear weight or the pain doesn't go away, ask for additional testing, like a CT scan or MRI.
Emergency rooms see this type of hidden hip fracture, where the patient has persistent pain from trauma, but the X-rays don't show a fracture. If they don't find a fracture, the patient is se...
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