Treatment Orthopedics

Femoroacetabular Impingement

The initial plan for FAI usually includes rest, use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and physical therapy. A well-designed physical therapy program can benefit patients by improving the hip's range of motion, strengthening core muscles and offloading some of the weight usually borne by the hip joint. While oral NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, can reduce the inflammation and pain associated with FAI, some patients get relief from corticosteroid injections.

In patients whose pain persists despite conservative treatment, arthroscopic surgery may be considered. Hip arthroscopy for FAI is an outpatient procedure that utilizes small incisions and specialized instruments to shave down the bone spurs or abnormally shaped parts of the bones. Labral tears may be repaired arthroscopically at the same time. Patients who undergo this minimally invasive surgery are usually on crutches for two weeks and can make a gradual return to sports over the following months. A key part of recovery, physical therapy focuses on regaining range of motion and rebuilding strength, and begins one week after surgery.

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