Your doctor will take your history, perform a physical examination and send you for further relevant radiological investigations. X-rays can show if your hip has the abnormally-shaped hip joint bones of FAI and can show us if there are signs of arthritis. An MRI scan of the hip will allow the doctor to look for damage to the labrum (i.e. fibrocartilage) or articular cartilage of your hip joint.
The doctor will then be able to recommend activity modification, prescribe pain medications and refer you for physical therapy for hip strengthening and to improve the hip motion. Sometimes, they may refer you to an Orthopaedic Surgeon to evaluate whether arthroscopic surgery is necessary.
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