Some modern hip injection techniques include intra-articular and corticosteroid injections. Health care practitioners use corticosteroid injections to treat inflammation of the muscles and joints, and the practice has proven to be successful for many patients, according to Medscape. Corticosteroid injections can be administered in both the muscle tissue or the joint itself, with the muscle injections generally being preferred because they are easier to do.
Intra-articular hip injections can also be used as part of the treatment protocol for hip disease, but they have also proven to be a reliable diagnostic tool, with one study showing 91.5 percent of patients finding relief, according to the National Institutes of Health. In the past, these injections have been administered with either ultrasonographic or fluoroscopic guidance. However, studies have also shown that administering the injections with the aid of anatomic surface landmarks is also possible.
Intra-articular hip injections are able to positively predict hip disease with accuracy rates close to 100 percent, according to a 2010 study published in the Journal of Arthroscopy. Using the injections as a diagnostic tool is particularly helpful when the patient presents vague symptoms, such as pain in the general area of the hip, reports the National Institutes of Health.