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Hip Loose Bodies


It is not uncommon after an injury to have debris, such as a small piece of bone or cartilage at or near the site of injury. Known as loose bodies, they cause irritation and a variety of symptoms, including pain. Find out how this condition is diagnosed and treated.

Causes & Triggers

  • Arthritis or other degenerative diseases
  • Severe strain
  • Sports injuries
  • Trauma

Signs & Symptoms

  • Catching
  • Clicking
  • Feeling like the hip “gives out”
  • Grinding
  • Limited range of motion
  • Locking
  • Pain
  • Stiffness

Tips & Treatment

  • Loose bodies may or may not migrate within the body, affecting the amount and location of pain.
  • Because X-rays may not show a loose body an MRI may be required for proper diagnosis.
  • Non-surgical treatment may include anti-inflammatory medication, corticosteroid injections and/or physical therapy.
  • Arthroscopic surgical intervention may be required.

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