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.
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