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Swollen Hip Joint

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about a swollen hip joint?

A swollen hip joint may be caused by conditions such as arthritis or gout, or by an injury. You may have other symptoms such as pain, stiffness, or trouble moving your hip.

How is swollen hip joint diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms and any medical conditions you have. Tell your provider if any activities or movements worsen your symptoms. Your provider will also ask if you have had any recent injuries. Your provider will examine your hip and check how well your legs move in different directions. Blood tests or x-rays may be used to find the cause of the swelling. Your provider may also remove fluid from your hip joint and send it to a lab for tests.

How is a swollen hip joint treated?

Treatment depends on the cause of your swollen hip joint. Your healthcare provider may recommend any of the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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