Hip Impingement | Testing and Diagnosis

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The first step to treating hip impingement is a timely, complete and accurate diagnosis. Our goal is to diagnose and treat hip impingement early in order to prevent further damage to the hip. Early diagnosis and treatment provide patients with the best chance for a complete recovery and return to activities, including sports.

How is hip impingement diagnosed?

Your doctor will ask for a complete medical and family history (including any hip problems in the family). The next step is a physical exam. During the exam, the doctor may bring your knee up toward the chest and rotate it inward. Pain with this motion suggests hip impingement.

Your doctor may order imaging tests to confirm the diagnosis:

•   magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): produces detailed images of organs and structures; shows the amount of
    damage to the labrum and any other parts of the hip, such as cartilage and/or ligaments
•   X-ray: can diagnose cam and pincer impingement and also rule out a fracture or other damage to the bone

Some patients with hip impingement also have a labral tear. Our hip specialists check for this condition. They work with you to define an individualized treatment plan.

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