The Journal of Hip Surgery 2018; 02(04): 189-193
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1676448
Special Section Article
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Rehabilitation for Femoroacetabular Impingement: Conservative Care and Postoperative Practice

Mia S. Hagen
1   Department of Orthopaedic Surgery - Sports Medicine, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, Washington
Robert W. Westermann
2   Department of Sports Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
T. Sean Lynch
3   Department of Orthopaedics, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York
James Rosneck
4   Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Garfield Heights, Ohio
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Publication History

18 January 2018

12 October 2018

Publication Date:
10 January 2019 (online)


The understanding of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) has increased over the past 10 years, with advancements in diagnosis and surgical techniques. Controversy remains regarding the ideal regimen of conservative care. Additionally, there is wide variety in postoperative clinical practice after hip arthroscopy. This review is a synthesis of resources on rehabilitation as a stand-alone treatment for FAI as well rehabilitation following surgery. Best evidence regarding conservative care is presented followed by postoperative debates on weight-bearing, range of motion, and physical therapy. In most cases, such as use of bracing and continuous passive motion, there are limited experimental studies to rely on. Higher quality evidence is required to support today's rehabilitation practices which are based mostly on theory and individual experience.