Not always is a hip injury
fully noticeable, so it makes sense that someone concerned would want to get the proper care in diagnosing whether they have a hip injury as well that such a person would be understandably curious about the testing involved in diagnosing such a problem. With that said, here are a list of the most common ways for which a doctor will use, in order to properly diagnose a hip injury in the case that someone should need to be checked out:
Most commonly a primary care physician will initially start the process of testing an individual to see if they have any sort of hip injury by thorough use of a physical hip exam. Through out this performance physician will examine how the patient walks, their range of motion and mobility in the hip and back, and if tightness is present in the patient. As well as this, the primary care physician will also make sure to examine the external and internal rotation ability of the hip, back, and legs and look to see if there is any difference in length of the legs as well as check for muscle strength.
The second is by assessing hip abnormalities such as, but not limited to severe pain, which can be further tested with a dose of steroids that is injected into the hip to differentiate where the pain is coming from in order to surely diagnose hip injury as well as irritable hip syndrome which is known by the symptoms of joint stiffness, hip pain that is acute, as well as the inability of the hip to properly bear the body's full weight in its entirety.
Next, we have medical testing through musculoskeletal, orthopedic, rheumatologic, and clinical tests as well as submitting the hip to research imaging, where doctors are given the opportunity to further explore what might be causing the issue with a real peak into the innerworkings of your actual bones, blood, and general insides.
Fourth we have x-rays, or x-radiation where you will be put in a led vest and made to keep in certain positions without moving so that the x-ray technician can essentially -in it's simplest understanding- taking a picture of the bones for ones' doctors so that they can be able to see for certain whether or not there is too much bone present in areas such as the neck, acetabular rim, and femoral head which can help in determining for certain that there is a form of hip injury present in the patient.
Fifth is an MRI, where doctors learn whether there is any tearing or fraying to be concerned about that is possibly present in either or both the labrum or the cartilage of the hip thanks to a nifty and very large machine that the person will be put inside of and made to stay completely still while doctors sit behind a glass at computers and watch the patients insides on their computer screens.
And finally, we have CT scans, also known as Computer Tomography which is a sort of x-ray that creates digital pictures that can show finer details than a normal x-ray can not produce.
In the end, if you're concerned for any reason that you might be suffering from a hip injury, the best thing that you can do is talk to your primary care physician about your concerns and get tested, because no one should have to endure the suffering that comes from not getting treated and the potential for a worse predicament if you should decide for any reason to not take care of yourself which can in fact lead to further complications down the road. Please don't be afraid to talk to your doctor, ask as many questions as possible, and do your own research on the matter because every individual patient should be actively involved in their care and treatment at their local doctor's office and hospital.