How to Diagnose Loose Bodies in the Hip
Because loose bodies are almost always the result of an injury in the hip, Dr. Boykin will not only need to determine if the loose bodies are causing the symptoms but also figure out where the loose bodies came from. The diagnosis starts with an initial history, physical examination, and X-rays. In many cases a MRI will also need to be performed to better visualize the fragments and the other damage that is likely to be present in the hip. In patients who are suffering from symptoms associated with these loose bodies, Dr. Boykin will usually recommend surgical treatment because the loose bodies and pain will not cease on their own, and modalities such as physical therapy are not effective.
Surgical Treatment for Loose Bodies
In order to relieve the symptoms within the hip, Dr. Boykin will use arthroscopic surgical techniques to remove the loose bodies. This consists of using small incisions, a camera, and specialized instruments to take out the fragments and also address any other issues that may be present in the hip. In many cases a treatment will also need to be performed for the articular cartilage on the ball or socket (depending on where the fragments came from). After the removal of any free floating loose bodies, patients will most likely feel relief quickly when performing the tasks and activities that prior to the surgery caused pain and discomfort.
Dr. Robert Boykin is an orthopedic hip surgeon treating patients in Asheville, Arden, Fletcher and surrounding North Carolina communities. For more information regarding loose bodies or other common injuries to the hip, knee, and shoulder, please contact his office to schedule an appointment.