The Journal of Hip Surgery 2018; 02(03): 141-147
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1672117
Special Section Article
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Hip Pain in the Athlete Part 2: How to Work Up, Diagnosis, and Manage Femoroacetabular Impingement

Marc J. Philippon
1   Department of Hip Research, The Steadman Philippon Research Institute, Vail, Colorado
Ioanna K. Bolia
1   Department of Hip Research, The Steadman Philippon Research Institute, Vail, Colorado
Karen K. Briggs
1   Department of Hip Research, The Steadman Philippon Research Institute, Vail, Colorado
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Publication History

17 January 2018

31 July 2018

Publication Date:
05 October 2018 (online)


Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is frequently recognized as a cause of hip pain in athletes. Sports predisposing to the development of FAI often include repetitive hip flexion combined with rotational movements or extreme joint range of motion. Hip symptoms often arise due to multiple structural abnormalities in and around the joint. Conservative management with physical therapy is recommended at the initial manifestation of FAI in athletes, which is followed by hip arthroscopy if no improvement is observed. Physicians must consider the socioeconomic impact of the hip injury on active individuals, especially in athletes who compete at a professional level.

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