What are Loose Bodies Within the Hip?
Loose bodies are small fragments of articular cartilage that break off in the hip joint as a result of a hip injury, such as a fall, automobile accident, or a sports-related injury. Loose bodies can also occur as the result of long-term wear and tear to the hip joint, which is often associated with arthritis. Loose bodies come in all shapes and sizes and cause different symptoms in patients. Loose bodies float around within the hip joint and cause a painful sensation depending upon where the fragments migrate. The sudden, sharp pain can catch patients by surprise, and in some instances, can even cause a patient to become unstable or fall. This is often the result of the loose body temporarily becoming lodged in between the ball and socket. Austin, Round Rock, and Cedar Park, Texas communities orthopedic hip specialist, Dr. Jeff Padalecki successfully treats loose bodies within the hip and other conditions that cause catching in the hip.
What are the Symptoms of Loose Bodies?
The primary symptom of a loose body within the hip is sharp pain and a periodic catching sensation.
How are Loose Bodies Diagnosed?
Dr. Padalecki will discuss your personal history and activity background as well as conduct a series of mobility tests. He will most likely order an X-ray or MRI of the hip to locate the loose bodies and determine what the next course of treatment should be. He will always look to see if there are any additional underlying conditions that require treatment.