The hip joint and surrounding structures all share nerve supplies. As a result, hip pain can be felt in various different ways, classically in the groin, but commonly the thigh, knee and laterally. It is common to see misdiagnosis as a result. There are numerous other causes of ‘hip pain’, which have nothing to do with the hip at all! Also, many studies have shown that labral tears can be present in ‘normal’ patients with no hip problems. Those with hip injuries often develop muscle imbalances, which can be difficult to overcome due to pain inhibition.
We use intra-articular injections to help pin-point the source of the problem, but also to help patients and therapists work through the muscle imbalance issues giving them a ‘pain-free window’ to work in.