Loose Bodies (Hip)

  • Introduction

  • Conservative Treatment

  • Surgical Treatment

Loose bodies are small fragments of cartilage or bone that break off from the hip or hip joint. They are common in injuries and as a result of joint degeneration due to some forms of arthritis. Loose bodies can be painful as the fragments are often moving and can become caught in parts of the joint.

In order to diagnose loose bodies, your physician will utilize imaging tests such as an x-ray or MRI to see where the loose bodies are positioned in the hip joint.

Loose bodies in the hip can be treated without surgery if the joint is not locked by a loose body. Your physician may utilize anti-inflammatory medicine, ice, physical therapy, or corticosteroid injections to control pain.

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If the joint is blocked as the result of certain movements or locked into a particular position due to the loose bodies, surgery is often necessary. Loose bodies can be removed through a hip arthroscopy. This is a minimally invasive surgery in which a surgeon makes a small incision to insert a small camera and other instruments to view inside the hip joint, repair damage, and remove the loose bodies.

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