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Old 08-28-2013, 10:36 PM   #1
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Abnormal hip x-ray

Awhile back, I had experienced hip pain in my left hip. I had a limp with my walk for awhile and it hurt really bad to stretch. Wanting to know what happened, I went in and talked to my doctor. He called for a hip x-ray, we did it, then he came back into the room with the results.

Nothing seemed to be out of the ordinary..except..he was baffled at the shape of both of my hip ball joints. They didnt seem to be worn down like a bad hip would get, the tissue and cartilage was all there, but the ball had a strange shape. Normally, it looks like if you'd cut a ping pong ball in half, all round and perfect, but mine, have a dip in them.

I havent experience the pain for a long period of time (only a day or two here and there) and Im just really curious to what it could be!

Heres an example (this is NOT the x-ray of my hip), its an example I photoshopped. The normal ball joint is on the left, the photoshopped example is on the right.

[img]http://i.*****.com/3Wvu63e.jpg[/img]

To get a better idea, look at the top of this bone, its similar to that shape at the top apparently.

[img]http://i.*****.com/c4Wa6Ah.jpg[/img]

Any ideas of whats going on?????

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Old 09-10-2013, 11:13 AM   #2
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Re: Abnormal hip x-ray

So, both sides look the same.

What is the doctor's opinion? Maybe that's "just the way you came" and nothing to worry about.

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Old 09-10-2013, 10:00 PM   #3
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Re: Abnormal hip x-ray

Yeah, both sides have that "dip" in them. He said everything looks normal but Im just curious if this happens alot or?

 
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:50 AM   #4
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Re: Abnormal hip x-ray

Can't say how often you see it, but I asked an orthopedic surgeon about it and he said in some people there is a more of a distinct notch where a ligament attaches.

 
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Old 09-11-2013, 10:49 AM   #5
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Re: Abnormal hip x-ray

Well that makes sense. When did you have time to ask an orthopedic surgeon? lol

 
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:37 PM   #6
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Re: Abnormal hip x-ray

Nephew is an orthopedic surgeon. Spine surgeon now, but when he is on call he still has to do hips and knees, broken bones etc. I usually get my answers in about an hour.

 
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:38 PM   #7
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Re: Abnormal hip x-ray

Oh nice!! Thats pretty handy then

 
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:45 PM   #8
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Oh nice!! Thats pretty handy then

Definitely. I have a prosthetic hip and my wife has a new knee(3 mo.)
I'm going on four years and I run marathons and backpack with no ill effects.
They did a wonderful job replacing a bum hip. My wife has been a little slower to recover. Not sure she'll ever be 100%. As for me it is like I never had it done.

 
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Old 09-11-2013, 07:37 PM   #9
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Re: Abnormal hip x-ray

Hip problems run in my family so I'm just being a bit cautious. I asked my aunt (who has had a hip replacement at like, age 40) to see if her hip joints had ever shown that dip. By the time they got to it with her, the one side was so worn down they wouldnt have been able to tell. My grandma had both hips replaced but she's past so I cant ask her. Thanks much for the info though My doc said he never seen anything like that, but then again, he didnt deal much with hips in the first place! Hope your wife gets better, fast!

 
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