It's not that simple- let me tell you my story as it's half-way through.
I have a torn left hip labrum, injured presumably while playing softball and aggrevated by more intense core exercises.
The main issue was- getting in my car in the morning, picking up my leg and putting it into the car. It felt like a groin pull, and i'd had those before, so i waited and waited and waited before going to the doctor. It was the clicking and popping which made me think maybe it was something more when i was doing some high knee stuff- anyways, 9 months into the injury I got an arthrogram, and had a tear....about 1 1/2 inches long. I got a cortisone shot, i went to PT for a month or so, and it didn't help, and started down the path of preparing for surgery. During that time, I went back to softball, kinda ditched the PT, but did start doing some of those hip adductor and abductor machines along with my normal elliptical workout. I did a 5K and then a few weeks later ran 5 miles when i noticed my right hip was hurting.....oddly, about this time, my left hip stopped hurting entirely, roughly a year from the start. Now i'm at about month....15 after initial injury and my pain level is nil in my damaged hip, my right hip is in pain and had a cortisone shot as well, but has no damage after getting an MRA. They both do have a cam lesion.
So i'm set to have surgery in less than a month to repair something that doesn't hurt. I'm afraid that by not getting it fixed, i run the risk of damaging the joint further, but i'm torn (pardon the pun) because my body may have found a work around.
I am prepared very soon to do a very intense workout, to do a true test on that torn labrum, to find out what it can really handle. Then hopefully i'll be in enough pain to be able to justify this surgery.