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 & Treatments

  • 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.


These lists are not inclusive of all conditions and procedures. In order to obtain a complete and accurate diagnosis, a physician should assess your individual situation. Following diagnosis, your physician will discuss appropriate treatment options with you – both surgical and non-surgical. Schedule an appointment with an Orthopedic ONE physician.