What are loose bodies?
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Loose bodies are small pieces of bone or cartilage (joint surface) that can break off in the hip joint after injury.
What symptoms do loose bodies cause?
A loose body in the joint is analogous to a pebble caught in your shoe. This can cause pain and irritation in the hip. When a loose body becomes lodged or stuck in the hip during normal joint motion, it creates a painful sensation, click, or clunk.
How are loose bodies diagnosed?
A sports medicine physician can often diagnose a loose body based on your symptoms and examination. However, the diagnosis of loose body is usually verified by x-ray and MRI to determine to size and location of the loose fragment.
How are loose bodies treated?
If a loose body is causing significant symptoms, it can be removed through small incisions during hip arthroscopy.