WHAT IS IT?
Hip pain, in children can have a number of causes such as irritable hip, a slipped upper femoral epiphysis (SUFE) or Perthes disease.
· Irritable hip, the cause of the pain is unknown and the child grows out of this with skeletal maturity.
· Perthes disease is a loss circulation and subsequent erosion of the head of the hip bone (common at 4-10 years old).
· A SUFE is where the head thigh bone ‘slips’ down from the neck at the growth plate (common at 12-15 years old).
Both Perthes and a SUFE are quite serious conditions and require Specialist management
WHAT DO I LOOK FOR ?
· Loss of movement of the hip joint.
· Pain in the groin, buttock of even radiating into the knee region.
· Pain with walking, running, squatting, jumping, kneeling and/or kicking
WHAT CAUSES IT?
· Often unknown.
WHEN DO I SEE SOMEONE FOR HELP?
Your LifeCare Practitioner will be able to provide an accurate diagnosis and an appropriate management plan
Often this problem can require a Sports Medicine Doctor, Physiotherapist, and/or Podiatrist to assist.
FOR MORE INFORMATION see your local Lifecare Practitioner.
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