North Hampshire Hospital
The Hampshire Clinic
Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK

Mr John Britton FRCS
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Information for patients undergoing orthopaedic treatment



Hip injection

Injection of the hip joint can be useful both diagnostically and therapeutically.

If there is doubt as to whether pain is arising from the hip joint an injection of local anaesthetic into the joint is a  valuable test; immediate relief of symptoms is proof that the hip is the source of pain.

Cortisone (an anti-inflammatory drug) is normally injected into the joint at the same time. This may provide long lasting pain relief.

Injection is performed under X-ray control in an operating theatre. The procedure is normally done under general anaesthetic. You will be able to return home shortly after the procedure.

It is important that you make a note as to whether there is any improvement in your symptoms immediately after the injection.


For further information see Advice Sheet

J M Britton 2007

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