Your physician will assess the damage to your hip through a series of tests to determine the best treatment for you. Evaluating the pain in your hip usually starts with an X-ray. An X-ray helps doctors see how your joints come together, reveals any bony defects or deformity and provides information about how strong your bones are. When an X-ray shows wear in your hip, a Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan (MRI) is usually performed. The MRI provides a clearer picture of the extent of the wear and how it is effecting the rest of the hip.
Should your condition require hip replacement surgery, your surgeon evaluates whether a traditional total hip replacement, anterior approach hip replacement or hip resurfacing is the best option for you.