The hip joint can be injured through either acute/traumatic injury or can become chronically injured over a prolonged period. Such injuries may include:
- Avascular necrosis of the femoral head.
- Hip labral tears.
- Articular cartilage defects.
- Femoro-acetabular impingement issues.
- Psoas tendonitis.
- Psoas bursitis.
- Gluteal tendinopathy / enthesopathy.
- Trochanteric bursitis.
- Internal snapping of the hip.
- External snapping of the hip.
- Loose bodies within the hip joint.
- Pain referred to the hip region from distant causes (e.g. lower back issues).
Most of these conditions cause unique symptoms and clinical findings, with diagnosis usually confirmed with combinations of plain x-rays as well as other specialised scans of the hip and pelvis (Ultrasound, CT scan, MRI scan). Image guided local anaesthetic/cortisone injections are used to both help in diagnosing and differentiating the various causes for pain in and around the hip and to also treat the pain symptoms.
Dr Doneley has extensive experience in diagnosis and treatment of pain conditions in and around the hip joint. Rest assured that surgical intervention is usually treatment of last resort and nonsurgical management of many of these conditions is usually successful.