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You Walked on THAT?

Author: Mark Hopkins, MD
Peer-Reviewer/Final Editor: Alex Tomesch, MD, CAQ-SM

A 79 year old female presents for left hip pain. She reports she fell a month ago and felt the pain but has since been able to walk, though she needs a walker which she did not use before. The pain has not improved so she came to the emergency department. She has pain radiating to the groin on palpation of the hip and with flexion of the hip joint.

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