Loose Bodies of the Hip Specialist in NJ

NJOI is committed to ensuring our patients have all the information they need when dealing with an ailment or injury. If you are experiencing short-term or chronic pain, it is important to make an appointment to come see one of our orthopaedic physicians. Here is everything you need to know about this common ailment of the hip.

What are Loose Bodies in the Hip?

The hip is a ball and socket joint that is vital for allowing us to walk, run, sit and stand. Because this joint is utilized so heavily every day, it is possible for small pieces of the bone and cartilage in this joint to wear away and chip off. These pieces, known as “loose bodies,” are like debris in the joint and can eventually cause pain and discomfort for those affected. The two main causes for loose bodies in the hip joint are arthritic degenerative changes (wear and tear over a period of time) and a traumatic injury to the hip area (usually seen in athletes, person who sustains a fall, or after a motor vehicle accident)

What are the Symptoms of Loose Bodies in the Hip?

A loose body in the hip joint is usually secondary to hip arthritis or cartilage tear.  Symptoms of loose bodies in the hip will depend on the severity of the injury. For example, a patient with very minor loose bodies may not experience any pain or symptoms at all. For moderate and severe instances of loose bodies in the hip, patients tend to experience stiffness, a loss of range of motion, clicking or catching within the joint and pain that comes and goes.

How are Loose Bodies in the Hip Diagnosed?
An orthopaedic physician can diagnose a loose body in the hip by obtaining a standing hip x-ray. They will then perform a physical examination to target exactly where the patient is feeling pain. Next, an MRI or a CT scan may be ordered to further evaluate for the loose body, arthritis in the hip joint, or cartilage damage to the labrum. Once a diagnosis is confirmed, the doctor will determine the best course of treatment, depending on the severity of the loose bodies, underlying conditions the may have caused the loose body, and the patient’s pain levels, mechanical symptoms of locking/catching, and range of motion abilities.
What are the Treatment Options for Loose Bodies in the Hip?
In order to truly cure loose bodies in the hip, the loose bodies must be removed surgically. This is most commonly achieved through a hip arthroscopy, which can be conveniently performed by an orthopaedic surgeon at NJOI. This minimally invasive surgery is the best option for removing the loose bodies in the hip without requiring extensive recovery time. If there is moderate arthritis, a hip replacement is recommended.
Contact NJOI Today
New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute (NJOI) is prepared to diagnose and treat loose bodies in the hip and other hip conditions that may cause loose bodies to form. Our number one goal is to help relieve pain and get patients back to their normal activities by treating the root cause of the patient’s pain. Dr. Anthony Scillia is also a hip sub-specialist and the director of hip arthroscopy and joint preservation for Seton Hall Medical School.  Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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Meet The Team

Vincent K. McInerney, M.D.


Founding member, Vincent K. McInerney, M.D., graduated from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in 1977 with honors as one of the top medical students in his class.

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Anthony Festa, M.D.


Dr. Anthony Festa is an orthopaedic surgeon in his seventh year of practice at the New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute.

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Anthony J. Scillia, M.D.


Anthony J. Scillia M.D. is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty certification in sports medicine.

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Robert M. Palacios, M.D.


Dr. Robert Palacios is board-certified and fellowship trained, and has been specializing in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine for over two decades.

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Craig Wright, M.D.


Craig Wright, MD joins New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute by way of Totowa, NJ where he was born and raised.

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John Callaghan, M.D.


John Callaghan, M.D. is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic trauma specialist. His expertise encompasses the treatment of acute traumatic injuries.

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