Hip Examination

Hip complaints in adults are often related to pain e.g. arthritis or bursitis, however in children can occur in a well child e.g. “irritable hip” or in more serious conditions e.g. Perthes disease or slipped upper femoral epiphysis.  Hip pain can also be referred pain from another joint, most commonly knee and spine.

The hip examination, along with all other joint examinations, is commonly tested on in OSCEs.  You should ensure you are able to perform this confidently.

The examination of all joints follows the general pattern of “look, feel, move” and occasionally some special tests.

Subject steps

  1. Allow the patient to dress and thank them.  Wash your hands and report your findings to the examiner