Acetabular Dysplasia Diagnosis

Acetabular Dysplasia Diagnosis

Acetabular dysplasia is diagnosed with a simple clinical visit that includes an examination of the hip, along with imaging studies such as X-ray and an MRI. In some cases, a diagnostic intra-articular injection consisting of a numbing medicine (1% lidocaine) is injected into the hip joint using ultrasound guidance to confirm that the pain is coming from the hip joint, as opposed to nearby structures. Many studies have confirmed that intra-articular injections have tremendous diagnostic value, and in some cases are more helpful than an MRI.