The doctor will first examine your pelvis, both hips, spine and legs and, when doing so, will palpate various muscles and bone structures. He will then perform a few movement tests in order to gain an impression of the mobility of the hip joint. He further examines the pain caused when the hip joint is moved in different directions, for example adduction, abduction, rotating, bending and stretching. At the same time, the doctor also examines to see if there is a difference between the length of the legs.
What happens before the operation?
Physical examination – where does it hurt?
Patient assessment – your personal medical history
Your doctor will first ask you to give details of your complaints. He will want to know where it hurts and where the pain radiates to. He will also ask about the intensity of the pain, its duration and any factors which intensify or ease the discomfort.