Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Hip Stiffness Overview

What is hip stiffness?
A person with hip stiffness has decreased range of motion in the hip joint. Hip stiffness may be caused by injury, inflammation or infection. Common causes include arthritis, hip bursitis, hip synovitis, hip strain, and hip injury.

What are the symptoms of hip stiffness?
Hip stiffness is usually accompanied by hip pain that worsens with movement. Symptoms that occur with hip stiffness may include hip swelling, hip bruising, and hip tenderness. Additional symptoms that may occur with severe hip stiffness include severe hip pain, fever, difficulty walking, limping, and warmth or redness to the skin overlying the hip joint.

How does the doctor treat hip stiffness?
Treatment depends on the underlying cause for the hip pain. Treatment for hip stiffness may include rest, leg elevation, cold compresses, crutches, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Treatment for hip stiffness may also include physical therapy, antibiotics, warm compresses, or corticosteroid medications. In severe cases, surgery may be required to replace the hip joint.

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