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Popping in hip, painful, hurts to walk, dead leg from hip to knee during sleep. Solution?

hi my hip has been popping a few years now with out pain but in the last few months it has been popping causeing an unconfortable pain in my hip and also hurts when i walk on it the pain has often gone to my knee and in my bum as if someone has kicked me the pain in my hip seems to be getting worse over the last few days causeing me to wake up at night due to having a dead leg from the hip to knee any idea what this is?
Asked On : Tue, 4 Dec 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

You have not mentioned about your age in the description. Assuming that you are of elderly age group, I suspect that your symptoms could be possibly due to arthritic changes in the hip joint. An Xray of the hip joint will show up the extent of disease process. If the xrays are negative for any changes, then MRI scan is needed to establish the correct diagnosis of your hip pain.

The general recommendations for an arthritic hip are as follows -

The conservative management of Arthritic hip is as follows -
* ACTIVITY MODIFICATION -It is important to maintain as much activity and joint motion as possible, but impact activities will aggravate arthritis. Running and jumping will often accelerate cartilage loss from the joint. The key is to focus on low impact activities, such as swimming or cycling.
* WEIGHT LOSS - Significant weight loss for obese patients can make a dramatic difference in the pain arising from arthritic joints.
* NON STEROIDAL ANTIINFLAMMATORY DRUGS (NSAIDs) - This family of medications includes aspirin, ibuprofen, naprosyn, and other non-narcotic medications to decrease pain and inflammation.
* HIP INJECTIONS - Injection therapies do not "cure" the underlying problems of arthritis, but can be useful for short term relief (potentially for a few months).
* GLUCOSAMINE / CHONDROITIN SULFATE - There is compelling evidence that it is relatively safe and works by decreasing pain & inflammation in the joint thereby reducing the need for regular painkiller usage.

I suggest you to consult an orthopedic surgeon for a definitive diagnosis and management.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Wed, 23 Oct 2013
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