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Non-Hip Pathology Causing Hip Pain

Remember, there are a wide variety of problems which can cause hip pain. Pain may be referred from pathology elsewhere.

Referred from musculoskeletal pathology at other sites 

  • Spine (referred pain) can present with hip pain (and hip range of movement may not be restricted)
  • KneeFoot and ankle pathology causing biomechanical pain at the hip - again without restricting the range of movement at the hip

Non-Musculoskeletal Pathology

  • Surgical (e.g. appendicitis, testicular torsion, inguinal hernias)
  • Infections (e.g. psoas abscess, pelvic abscess)
  • Metabolic (e.g. rickets, mucopolysaccharidoses, muscle disease and myopathies)
  • Haematological (e.g. sickle-cell anaemia)
  • Gastrointestinal (e.g. Coeliac disease which may cause associated myopathy or there may be symptoms from osteomalacia due to malabsorption).
  • And many others…so a careful clinical assessment is needed !

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