Unlike in adults, hip pain in children is more often a sign of a significant condition. Whilst older children or adolescents are likely to speak up if they are in pain, it is often difficult to detect when infants or toddlers sustain an injury to the hip. Younger children have more difficulty in explaining how they feel, and this often delays accurate diagnosis following the onset of pain.
There are many reasons as to why your child is complaining of hip pain; the cause of this pain can be a result of musculoskeletal injuries, developmental conditions, and infections. Such causes include:
As there is a great number of conditions that can cause juvenile hip pain or discomfort, the symptoms can present themselves in a wide variety of symptoms that can be broadly grouped into the following categories.
If these symptoms continue or worsen, your podiatrist will often recommend further investigation to ensure an accurate diagnosis.
For parents who are concerned with any of the previous information, podiatrists can thoroughly examine your child’s condition for any potential causes. These causes can vary widely, and some can be quite serious. It is therefore recommended that your child be assessed by a podiatrist to ensure that a correct diagnosis is obtained, as this will then allow the most appropriate treatment. Examining the child’s condition will involve:
There are various treatment modalities that are used to treat hip pain based on the condition, severity, and age of the child. Following a comprehensive assessment of your child’s condition, treatment modalities can include:
If your child or loved one is suffering from hip pain, call us to schedule an appointment with our podiatrists to have your child assessed or explore the options available for treatment.