Transient Synovitis of the Hip | Treatment

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How is transient synovitis of the hip treated?

Rest at home is the most important way to help your child's hip get better. Your child may need to take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine, such as ibuprofen (brand names: Advil, Motrin), to reduce the swelling and inflammation around the hip joint.

Your child's doctor will probably ask you to take your child's temperature regularly and to report any temperature higher than 99.5°F. A fever may mean that your child has a problem other than hip synovitis. To make sure that your child is doing well, your doctor may want to recheck your child 12 to 24 hours after the first visit.

With rest and medicine, your child's hip will probably get better in 3 or 4 days. After the pain leaves, your child can resume his or her usual activities. In most children, there are no complications from transient synovitis of the hip. They recover completely. To make sure everything is all right, your doctor may want to take another X-ray of your child's hip in about 6 months.

What if the hip pain doesn't get better?

If the pain is still bad after 10 days, your child should be rechecked by your doctor. Your doctor may order some tests to make sure there isn't something else wrong with your child's hip.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

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

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