How useful are diagnostic hip injections for FAI?

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Does a positive response to a hip injection mean you’re a good candidate for arthroscopic surgery? How valid and accurate is the belief that hip injections can help you zero in on your pain source? Does pain relief from a hip injection mean your problems are highly likely to get better with surgery?

Pre-operative intra-articular hip injection as a predictor of short-term outcome following arthroscopic management of femoroacetabular impingement.: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24497057

Response to diagnostic injection in patients with femoroacetabular impingement, labral tears, chondral lesions, and extra-articular pathology: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21663719

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Quick research summaries:
FAI bone shapes and pain: https://www.thefaifix.com/bones-dont-cause-fai-pain/
FAI bone shapes and arthritis: https://www.thefaifix.com/fai-does-not-lead-to-severe-arthritis/
Labral tears and pain: https://www.thefaifix.com/do-labral-tears-matter/
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For more relevant material:
1) diagnostic criteria for FAI make no sense: http://uprighthealth.com/?p=7558
2) unreliability of x-rays and anterior hip impingement tests: http://uprighthealth.com/?p=7703
3) CAM impingement and supposed causation of arthritis: http://uprighthealth.com/?p=7784
4) What is arthritis really? http://uprighthealth.com/?p=7946
5) Prevalence of FAI in CT scans of young asymptomatic population: http://www.ajronline.org/doi/full/10.2214/AJR.12.8546
6) Is a Positive Femoroacetabular Impingement Test a Common Finding in Healthy Young Adults?: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3676610/
7) Does FAI cause arthritis? This 2010 study gives a resounding NO: http://www.bjj.boneandjoint.org.uk/content/93-B/5/580.short
8) Does pincer impingement lead to arthritis? This study also says NO: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23850552

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