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Clin Sports Med. 2011 Apr;30(2):225-38. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2010.12.003.

Clinical diagnosis of hip pain.

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Foundry Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, 285 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908, USA.


This article reviews the evaluation of the hip including the clinical history and physical examination. As our understanding of hip pathology evolves, and arthroscopic and other minimally invasive operative techniques improve, the focus is shifting toward earlier identification of hip pathology. Risk factors for the development of arthritis are now well established and include femoral acetabular impingement, labral tearing, developmental dysplasia, and slipped capital femoral epiphysis. Emerging treatment options may address these conditions in the early stages and prevent or slow the progression of hip degeneration. It is vitally important to elucidate intra-articular versus extra-articular pathology of hip pain in every step of the patient encounter: history, physical examination, and imaging.

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