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How does slipped capital femoral epiphysis cause hip pain in children?

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This is a fracture along the growth plate under the ball joint in the hip. It's kind of like ice cream falling off the cone. This causes pain, sometimes in the hip but other times in the thigh or knee. Sometimes, your child may need crutches. Other times, they can’t walk or move their leg because the pain is so severe.

It’s more common in older children (from age 8 into teenage years) and those who are overweight. Boys get it more often. Surgery is a common treatment. Many children recover fully, but they’re more likely to have arthritis of the hip as adults.

From: Top Causes of Hip Pain in Children WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “The limping child.”

University of Chicago: “Common causes of hip pain in children.”

Nemours Foundation: “Toxic synovitis.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Arthritis.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Hip dysplasia.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Hip problems in infants.”

Mayo Clinic: “Legg-Calve-Perthes disease: Symptoms and causes.”

Mayo Clinic: “Legg-Calve-Perthes disease: Diagnosis and treatment.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Slipped capital femoral epiphysis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Septic arthritis.”

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on January 10, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “The limping child.”

University of Chicago: “Common causes of hip pain in children.”

Nemours Foundation: “Toxic synovitis.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Arthritis.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Hip dysplasia.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Hip problems in infants.”

Mayo Clinic: “Legg-Calve-Perthes disease: Symptoms and causes.”

Mayo Clinic: “Legg-Calve-Perthes disease: Diagnosis and treatment.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Slipped capital femoral epiphysis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Septic arthritis.”

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on January 10, 2018

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