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What's causing my hip pain?
History:
Where is the pain? When does it occur? What makes it feel better? Did it start after an injury?
Theses questions are a common starting point for the investigation of hip pain.

Pain around the hip can be caused by inflammation of muscles around the hip (trochanteric bursitis, adductor tendonitis, psoas irritation).

It can be caused by hernias, testicular problems, or gynaecological issues as well as back pain or spinal problems.

The more help that you can give us in understanding your story, the better..
X-rays:
Plain X-rays can identify many common hip problems, and exclude other serious causes of hip pain.

CT scans:
These may be useful for assessing the bony shape of the structures around the hip joint, particularly when we need to assess the relative orientation of the pelvis and thigh bone.

MRI scans:
These are useful for identifying soft tissue inflammation, injury and infection around the joint, but may lack fine detail resolution for common hip conditions

MRArthrography:
Currently the gold standard for investigation of problems within the hip joint. The scan involves an initial injection of dye into the joint, which helps outline the structures within the joint. This specialist scan identifies 50% more problems than a conventional MRI hip scan.

Hip Injection:
A diagnostic hip injection and arthrogram is a useful way of assessing if a structural problem seen on other imaging is responsible for pain.
Local anaesthetic is injected inside the joint capsule, and almost always abolishes pain for a few hours. If steroids are added to the injection, pain relief may last for a few months.
Examination:
Swelling, tenderness, altered range of movement and pain during movement are common examination findings.

Some examination findings are very specific for hip pain and if present, will guide further investigations

Investigations: