A: Non-surgical treatment should always be considered first when treating hip pain. The discomfort can often be resolved with rest, modifying one’s behavior, and a physical therapy and/or anti-inflammatory regimen. Such conservative treatments have been successful in reducing the pain and swelling in the joint.
If pain persists, it is sometimes necessary to differentiate between pain radiating from the hip joint and pain radiating from the lower back or abdomen. A proven method for differentiating between the two is by injecting the hip with a steroid and analgesic. The injection accomplishes two things:
If the pain is coming from the hip joint, the injection provides the patient with pain relief.
The injection serves to identify the point of origin of the pain. If the pain is a result of impingement, a hip injection that relieves pain confirms that the pain is from the hip and not from the back.
What is the labrum and how does it get injured?
The hip is a ball and socket joint with the femur, or thigh bone (ball) inserting into the acetabulum, or pelvic bone (socket). Both the ball and socket are covered with smooth articular cartilage. The labrum is an additional, specialized piece of cartilage that runs along the rim of the socket to provide a suction seal and stability to the hip joint. The labrum can be torn with a sudden, specific injury or with repetitive motions that cause "wear and tear."