Assessing hip problems
Diagnosing the cause of the problem is key. Which anatomical structure exactly is the cause of the problem? Is it a tendonitis? If so, then which muscle? Is it a hip joint problem? A worn hip, capsule injury, labral tear or even avascular necrosis? Or is it nothing to do with the hip area but referred from the back or even inside the pelvis? We use standard imaging (Xrays, CT, MRI, Ultrasound) and blood tests (inflammatory markers, metal ions), and where necessary, state-of-the-art imaging (CT Spect, PET, Open MRI, 3D CT, Cardiac MRI) and blood tests (such as Titanium levels).
The Hip Doctor
The BBC nicknamed Prof Alister Hart the hip detective for his work on solving hip problems for patients. Read the story