Causes of Hip Pain and Referred Pain

Dr. Bassam Masri, MD, FRCSC, discusses diagnosis and treatment of hip pain from referred pain causes.

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Dr. Bassam Masri, MD, FRCSC, discusses diagnosis and treatment of hip pain from referred pain causes.
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Featuring Dr. Bassam Masri, MD, FRCSC

Duration: 1 minute, 5 seconds

Hip pain or pain in the hip area may be related to things that are completely unrelated to the hip joint.  

So you can have referred pain. Commonly we see it in elderly patients referred from the spine. So conditions such as spinal stenosis or nerve root impingement coming out of the spine can give hip area and thigh pain that can masquerade as osteoarthritis.  

And the really difficult cases are where you have both osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis, and the doctor needs to sort out what is the cause of pain, how to best treat it.

There are other referred pains. You can have referred pain from abdominal structures, such as ovarian cysts. You can have pain in the groin from a hernia.

You can have pain from tendonitis. So there’s a whole host of referred pain that are not related to the hip joint. And only a careful examination and investigation by a doctor can tell you what the real cause of the pain is.

Presenter: Dr. Bassam Masri, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Orthopaedic Surgeon

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