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Is there always pain associated with a hip stress fracture or could you have one undiagnosed for awhile because there isn't pain?

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Dr. Andrew DeGruccio answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

Painful: Hip stress fractures are always painful and limit weight bearing.

Answered 10/16/2012

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Dr. James Shapiro answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery

There is pain.: Although there is always pain with a hip stress fracture, sometimes the pain is not enough for certain people to seek treatment. Because of this, frequently hip stress fractures are frequently undiagnosed until the pain worsens enough to demand attention.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Joe Wilkinson answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

Almost always: Although pain may be reduced or absent when off of the hip or not bearing weight, it will always tend to come back with weight bearing.

Answered 6/5/2013

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Dr. Alan Heideman answered

Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology

Sometimes: Yes, usually painful. Could be dull pain which you may not associate with a fracture. Important to have correct treatment so the fracture doesn't progress and worsen.

Answered 8/17/2018

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