What is hip sprain?

Hip Sprain
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Hip sprain in children: Overview

A hip sprain occurs when your child stretches or tears ligaments around the hip. Ligaments are tough tissues that connect one bone to another. Your child can injure a hip in a fall, while running, or during sports that involve twisting or sudden direction changes, such as basketball or soccer.

Most minor hip sprains get better with treatment at home.

How can you care for a labral tear of the hip?

  • Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
    • If the doctor gave you a prescription medicine for pain, take it as prescribed.
    • If you are not taking a prescription pain medicine, ask your doctor if you can take an over-the-counter medicine.
  • Rest and protect your hip. Take a break from any activity, including standing or walking, that may cause pain.
  • If your doctor recommended using a cane or crutches, use them as directed. This can help relieve stress on the hip.
  • Do exercises and stretching as directed by your therapist or doctor.

Hip sprain or strain: When to call

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • Your pain is worse.
  • You cannot walk or stand without help.
  • You have signs of infection, such as a fever or increased pain, swelling, redness, or warmth in your hip.
  • You have signs of a blood clot, such as:
    • Pain in your calf, back of the knee, thigh, or groin.
    • Redness and swelling in your leg or groin.
  • You have tingling, weakness, or numbness in your leg, foot, or toes.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • Your pain does not get better in 2 or 3 days.
  • You still have pain after 2 weeks.

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