The use of ultrasound for diagnostic testing allows us to assess the condition of muscles, ligaments and articular surfaces. Thanks to this, it is possible to verify any changes that have occurred as a result of injuries or inflammatory process. One advantage of hip ultrasound is the fact that it allows the examiner to find free bodies that remain invisible on X-rays. This exam is most often performed in patients with pain, mobility disorders of the hip joint, as well as in order to assess changes after injuries, inflammation or changes resulting from degeneration. The examination itself is not painful and does not require any preparation from the patient.
Ultrasound examination of the hip joint in adults
Ultrasound of the hip joint in adults allows for assement of intraarticular fluid, which may indicate inflammation. Additionally it gives us the possibility to exclude uneven bone surfaces and bony layers of inflammatory processes. It is also important to know that the validity of this test largely depends on anatomical conditions and it is often used as an auxiliary method in the diagnosis of possible pathologies.
Ultrasound examination of the hip in children
Developmental hip dysplasia occurs in children with an abnormally developed acetabular roof. These changes already appear in utero and progress after birth. Ultrasound examination allows us to quickly diagnose abnormalities in the anatomy of this joint and to start treatment early enough, thus restoring its full functionality in the later life of the young patient.