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Description of the Symptom

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This chapter describes pathology that may lead to hip pain, including anterior, buttock, inguinal/medial thigh, and lateral pain. Local causes of hip pain are defined as pathology occurring within the intra- and extra-articular structures of the hip joint. Remote causes are defined as originating from sites external to this region.

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Special Concerns

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  • Acute inability to bear weight through the affected lower extremity or pelvis secondary to pain

  • Decreased pulses in the lower extremities

  • Skin break and fever

  • Sudden loss of motor or sensory function associated with trauma

  • Warmth and swelling in the legs associated with a fever

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CHAPTER PREVIEW: Conditions That May Lead to Hip Pain

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