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Hip Problems, Age 12 and Older

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Check Your Symptoms

Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:

  • You have sudden chest pain and shortness of breath, or you cough up blood.
  • You are not able to stand or walk or bear weight.
  • Your buttocks, legs, or feet feel numb or tingly.
  • Your leg or foot is cool or pale or changes color.
  • You have severe pain.

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • You have signs of infection, such as:
    • Increased pain, swelling, warmth, or redness in the hip area.
    • Red streaks leading from the hip area.
    • Pus draining from the hip area.
    • A fever.
  • You have signs of a blood clot, such as:
    • Pain in your calf, back of the knee, thigh, or groin.
    • Redness and swelling in your leg or groin.
  • You are not able to bend, straighten, or move your leg normally.
  • You have trouble urinating or having bowel movements.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • You do not get better as expected.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: June 04, 2014
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