Transient Synovitis of the Hip | Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of transient synovitis of the hip?

The main symptom is pain in the hip. In some children, the hip pain gets worse very quickly. In other children, the hip pain gets worse slowly. At first, the hip pain may be so mild that they don't know there is something wrong.

When the pain gets bad enough, children who have transient synovitis have a hard time walking. If your child has transient synovitis of the hip, he or she may have pain whenever the hip is moved. Your child may walk with a limp. Because of the pain, your child may have trouble standing. Some children may have pain of the inner thigh or knee area, instead of around the hip. Many children who have this condition want to lie on their back with the knee on the side that hurts bent and turned out with their foot pointed away from their body. This position may lessen the pain.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 10/96

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