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What causes recurrent hip and back pain?

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Posted on Mon, 12 May 2014
Question: I AM HAVING RECURRENT HIP AND BACK PAIN, RESULTING IN AN INABILITY TO STAND UPRIGHT FOR ANY PERIOD OF TIME, SUPPORT OF JOINTS IS LIMITED, HELP?
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Answered by Dr. Karl Logan (3 hours later)
Brief Answer: Possible osteoporotic wedge fractures Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for you query. Hip pain can be commonly referred from the lower back and so the problem may be isolated to your lower back but could be felt in the hip also. I note from your past medical history that you have osteoporosis in your spine and so I think the 1st course of action after a thorough history and physical from your Dr to help confirm the location of your problem would be to get X-rays and possibly an MRI scan of your spine to ensure that you do not have any osteoporotic wedge fractures that could be accountable for your pain. Routine blood work is also often important in the initial investigations. The MRI scan is extremely sensitive at showing any abnormalities in your spine. Antiinflammatory medication, massage and physiotherapy are often helpful for lower back pain but I think in your case in light of your past medical history it would due important to have this further investigated. Best wishes
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Many thanks
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Answered by Dr. Karl Logan (6 minutes later)
Brief Answer: I hope this information has been helpful Detailed Answer: My pleasure. I hope you find a solution to your back and hip pain soon. Best wishes
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What causes recurrent hip and back pain?

Brief Answer: Possible osteoporotic wedge fractures Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for you query. Hip pain can be commonly referred from the lower back and so the problem may be isolated to your lower back but could be felt in the hip also. I note from your past medical history that you have osteoporosis in your spine and so I think the 1st course of action after a thorough history and physical from your Dr to help confirm the location of your problem would be to get X-rays and possibly an MRI scan of your spine to ensure that you do not have any osteoporotic wedge fractures that could be accountable for your pain. Routine blood work is also often important in the initial investigations. The MRI scan is extremely sensitive at showing any abnormalities in your spine. Antiinflammatory medication, massage and physiotherapy are often helpful for lower back pain but I think in your case in light of your past medical history it would due important to have this further investigated. Best wishes