Despite the social distancing restrictions currently in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, GPs can still use telehealth to assess hip pain in young adults. This article presents a practical review for GPs considering nonoperative intervention or referral to an orthopaedic surgeon.
Many causes of hip pain in young adults are amenable to telehealth consultations. A short history allows the clinician to get a sense of the potential problem and of any necessary investigations.
Although remote examination is not ideal, asking the patient to point to the painful area will give a clue as to whether the problem relates to intra-articular, extra-articular or referred pathology. Appropriate investigations can be ordered and viewed online.