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How your doctor chooses treatment

Determining the cause of your hip pain can be difficult, so getting an orthopaedic evaluation is essential. It is then that your orthopaedic surgeon will work to identify the cause of your hip pain and develop a treatment pathway for you.

Your orthopaedic surgeon will discuss your medical history with you. This history will help your surgeon determine the cause of your hip pain. It will also help your surgeon set goals for returning you to a greater quality of life. Your orthopaedic surgeon will ask about your everyday activities, when your pain began and prior hip injuries or problems.

A physical examination can identify your hip problems by assessing the hip's mobility, strength and alignment. An X-ray might be taken to evaluate the extent of damage or deformity in your hip. And to further determine the condition of the bone and soft tissues that make up your hip joint, blood tests, an MRI or magnetic resonance imaging scan, or bone density scan may be called for.

Ultimately, restoring the highest level of movement and function with the least amount of risk is your orthopaedic surgeon's goal. And before surgery is recommended, non-surgical treatments, including lifestyle changes, medication, injections and physical therapy will be exhausted. For a majority of patients, non-surgical treatments provide adequate relief and recovery to return to the best possible quality of life.


Please discuss nutrition, medication and treatment options with your doctor to make sure you are getting the proper care for your particular situation.  The information on this site does not replace your doctor's specific instructions.