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What is role of diagnosis in hip impingement?

Condition of abnormal and wearing contact between the socket and ball of hip, is called hip impingement. Due to this abnormal condition friction get increase during the hip movements that can even damage the hip joints.

It is common to hear about groin pain after sitting or walking for long time. Moreover patients even complaint about the other symtoms of these conditions like pain in the adductor region, buttocks and even some time thighs. This pain in some cases becomes so severe that getting immediate treatment becomes important.

As it is well said that if problem is identified it means half solved so to treat the hip impingement patients it is important to know the extent of problem and its root cause. However in some cases physical examination of the points where the patient feels pain, is sufficient to recognize the hip problem otherwise proper diagnosis of the hip impingement becomes important to start treatment

For diagnosing the problem we use following diagnostic ways

  • We plan for some diagnostic hip injections and local anesthesia to judge if the pain is coming from hip then it will definitely get improve for short time.
  • Plain X- ray of hip also gives us some clues that why there is pain in hip but for further specifications like how much damage has been caused to the hip joint? We need further diagnosis
  • Then we go for MRI scan of hip joint that reveals about the damage occurred to articular cartilage and labrum but it can be uncomfortable as MRI has been done often with contrast material in the hip.
  • Hip diagnosis is also done with the CT scans as this is old but popular diagnostic tool to solve many health problems. CT scan gives more objective view of the hip impingement. Even the advancements like 3D images of the joint have worked wonder for us. These 3D images give us more clear picture about the patient’s painful hip. On the basis of these images doctor can make an estimate about how and where hip impingement has occurred and accordingly can plan for treatment method or medications

Hope so in future these diagnosis technologies will get more advanced so that even doctors could have better picture about the root cause of hip impingement and extent of the problem and then patient can be more improved treatment.

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