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When should I call my doctor about my hip pain?

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if your pain doesn't go away, or if you notice swelling, redness, or warmth around the joint. You should also call if you have hip pain at night or when you are resting.

Get medical help right away if:

  • The hip pain came on suddenly.
  • A fall or other injury triggered the hip pain.
  • Your joint looks deformed or is bleeding.
  • You heard a popping noise in the joint when you injured it.
  • The pain is intense.
  • You can't put any weight on your hip.
  • You can't move your leg or hip.

SOURCES:

American Family Physician, Oct. 15, 1999.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoarthritis of the Hip," "Inflammatory Arthritis of the Hip."

Firestein, Gary S. Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology, 2008.

American Family Physician, Feb. 1, 2003.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on March 15, 2020

SOURCES:

American Family Physician, Oct. 15, 1999.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoarthritis of the Hip," "Inflammatory Arthritis of the Hip."

Firestein, Gary S. Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology, 2008.

American Family Physician, Feb. 1, 2003.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on March 15, 2020

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