What Causes Hip Pain?
Hip pain can have various causes, just like most other symptoms. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose hip pain, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "hip pain" as a symptom. For example, polymyalgia rheumatica.
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
unilateral shoulder pain
severe fatigue after slight exertion
occasional unexplained fevers
major unexplained weight loss
... and so on
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of hip pain.
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Do you experience hip pain?
→ No /don't know
→ In the past only
→ Yes, it is a minor problem / comes and goes
→ Yes, it is a significant problem in one hip
→ Yes, it is a significant problem in both hips
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate history of hip pain, minor hip pain, unilateral hip pain or bilateral hip pain, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as Polymyalgia Rheumatica
Concerned or curious about your health? Try The Analyst™