Category Archives: Conditions

Loose Bodies in the Hip

Loose Bodies in the Hip Overview Loose bodies are pieces of cartilage or bone of various sizes that have broken away and become trapped in a joint. Loose bodies usually have an irregular shape, but over time they may be worn down into a smooth, spherical or disc-shaped mass. Causes Loose bodies may develop as […]

Muscle Strain Injuries of the Hip

Muscle Strain Injuries of the Hip Overview The hip is where the femur meets the pelvis. Several strong muscles are found here. They handle high loads of stress. They may suffer from overstretching and tearing. This is called a muscle “strain.” It’s a common injury among athletes who play sports that require sudden starts and […]

Muscle Strain Injuries of the Thigh

Muscle Strain Injuries of the Thigh Overview Your thigh has groups of powerful muscles. The quadriceps, the adductors and the hamstring muscles handle high loads of stress. They may suffer from overstretching and tearing. This is called a muscle “strain.” It is a common injury among athletes who play sports that require sudden starts and […]

Osteomyelitis

Osteomyelitis Overview If you have an infection in a bone, you have osteomyelitis. It’s a serious condition that can cause part of your bone to die. And, the infection can spread to other parts of your body. Causes A bone infection can be caused by a bacteria or a fungus. These germs can get into […]

Pediatric Femoral Fractures

Pediatric Femoral Fractures Overview This serious injury is a break of a child’s thigh bone, called the femur. Because the femur is the largest and strongest bone in the body, this type of injury is relatively uncommon, accounting for only a small percentage of all pediatric fractures. Causes Pediatric femoral fractures are caused by trauma […]

Perthes Disease

Perthes Disease Overview This condition is a deformity of the femoral head caused by a temporary loss of blood supply to the hip joint. Perthes disease usually affects children between four and 10 years of age. Causes Perthes disease occurs when the arteries that supply blood to the hip socket are damaged or blocked. The […]

Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE)

Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE) Overview This disorder, which affects children between 10-15 years old, occurs when the head of the femur slips off the femoral neck. This misaligns the femur with the socket. In most cases, SCFE is a gradual process that occurs while the bones are still growing, but it can also occur […]

Snapping Hip Syndrome

Snapping Hip Syndrome Overview This common condition is a sensation of snapping or catching in the hip. Many people experience this sensation when performing certain movements of the leg. In most cases it is not harmful or painful. Causes Snapping hip is caused by slight variations in anatomy that prevent the hip joint from working […]

Transient Osteoporosis of the Hip

Transient Osteoporosis of the Hip Overview This is a sudden loss of bone density in the head of the femur. That’s the ball that fits into the socket of your pelvis to form the hip joint. With transient osteoporosis, the femur’s head weakens and your hip begins to hurt. Causes We aren’t sure why this […]