Home >> Content >> How Is The Diagnosis Made?
advertisement: 
Hip Replacement

How Is The Diagnosis Made?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 11:24

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

A complete history and physical examination allows the physician to determine any correlation between symptoms of pain with past history and demands that have been placed upon the hip. The physician will inquire about experiencing episodes of trauma or instability, and examine the ligaments and hip alignment.

X-rays are used to determine the extent of degeneration to the cartilage or bone and may suggest a cause for the degeneration of the hip joint.

Blood tests and joint aspiration (removing a small amount of fluid from the affected hip joint) may be required to rule out systemic arthritis (such as Rheumatoid Arthritis) or infection in the hip if there is reason to believe that other conditions are contributing to the degenerative process.

Hip Replacement