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Limping Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Limping. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you been limping?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. History of trauma?

    Why: If there is a history of trauma, this would suggest a fracture, sprain, torn ligament or tendon.

  3. Age of the person with the limp?

    Why: e.g. from age 4 to age 8 need to consider Perthes' disorder or transient synovitis of the hip. From age 10 to age 15 need to consider Slipped upper femoral epiphysis (SUFE). After the age of 40 need to consider a variety of diagnoses including sciatica, osteoarthritis and fractures.

  4. Exercise history?

    Why: may help determine risk of overuse injuries such as stress fractures, shin splints.

  5. Pain, and if so where?

    Why: e.g. thigh, calf, shin, hip, knee, foot or ankle. If deep and very localized and not generalized must consider joint pathology, bone tumor, fracture or rarely infection; if superficial must consider muscular pain.

  6. Fever?

    Why: may suggest osteomyelitis, cellulitis, spinal cord infection.

  7. Symptoms of sciatica (spinal canal stenosis)?

    Why: e.g. may be a long history of back pain, back pain radiating down into the buttocks and legs, weakness, burning, numbness in legs, may be associated with bowel and bladder symptoms if severe.

  8. Hip stiffness, especially first thing in the morning and how long does the stiffness last?

    Why: Morning stiffness classically occurs in Rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory arthropathies (such as ankylosing spondylitis, Reiter's syndrome, psoriatic arthritis).

  9. Knee pain

    Why: Pain originating from disorders of the knee may radiate to the hip joint and pain from the hip joint may be referred to the thigh and knee.

  10. Fever?

    Why: must consider septic arthritis, osteomyelitis, rheumatoid arthritis, tuberculosis.

  11. Night pain?

    Why: may indicate inflammation, bursitis or bone tumor.

  12. Symptoms of Perthe's disease?

    Why: e.g. may present from age 4-8 with an aching hip, walks with a limp, sometimes may be bilateral. Occurs in males: females in a ratio of 4:1.

  13. Symptoms of transient synovitis (irritable hip)?

    Why: e.g. may present in a child from age 4-8 with a sudden onset of hip pain and limp. There may be a history of trauma. The child can usually walk (some may not).

  14. Symptoms of Slipped upper femoral epiphysis?

    Why: e.g. may present in a child from age 10-15 with a limp, irritability of hip on most movements and knee pain. Most common in the oversized and undersexed such as the obese pre-pubertal boy. May be bilateral in 20 %.

  15. Symptoms of osteoarthritis of the hip?

    Why: e.g. presents usually after age 50, may be bilateral usually starting in the one hip and following in the other, insidious slow onset. At first pain is worse with activity and relieved by rest, then later get night time pain and pain after resting. Hip stiffness , especially after rising is a feature. Walks with a limp with the leg deviated inwards towards the other leg and the foot slightly turned outwards.

  16. Symptoms of sacro-iliac pain?

    Why: e.g. usually have a dull ache in the buttock but can be referred to the groin or posterior aspect of the thigh. Pain may be unilateral or bilateral. May have a heavy aching feeling in the upper thigh. May be due to ankylosing spondylitis, Reiter's syndrome, psoriatic arthritis, enteropathic arthritis (due to Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis), infection such as tuberculosis, osteitis condensans ilii, osteoarthritis or trauma.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Limping:

The following list of conditions have 'Limping' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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