Transient Osteoporosis of the Hip

Overview

Overview This is a sudden loss of bone density in the head of the femur. That’s the ball that fits into the socket of your pelvis to form the hip joint. With transient osteoporosis, the femur’s head weakens and your hip begins to hurt.

Causes

We aren’t sure why this sudden bone loss happens. It’s possible that it’s related to a problem with blood circulation in your hip. Or, it could be related to hormonal changes, or to some type of stress on your bone. Researchers are studying all these possibilities to try to find the cause.

Symptoms

If you have this condition, you may feel a sudden onset of pain. It may get more and more intense. You may have trouble walking. For some, the pain can be disabling.

Treatment

In most cases, this condition gets better on its own. Usually within six months to a year, your bone regains its strength and your pain stops. During this time, medicine can help ease your symptoms. You may benefit from a walking aid, such as a cane or crutches. Physical therapy may help. So can proper nutrition, which helps strengthen your bones.