Runners have high return rate after hip arthroscopy: 3 takeaways

Orthopedic Sports Medicine

A study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine claims that runners who received hip arthroscopy treatment for femoroacetabular impingement returned to running 8.5 months after treatment 95 percent of the time.

Here's what you should know.


1. FAIs are the most commonly diagnosed injury to athletes "who sustain repetitive flexion loading" to their hips. No studies looked at return-to-running.


2. The study used clinical data for 51 consecutive FAI patients who identified as recreational or competitive runners.


3. After surgery, 48 of the 51 patients returned to running. Patients who stopped running for more than 8 months before surgery, returned at a later date. After two years, the average preoperative distance the runners returned to, decreased from 9.5 miles ± 6.5 miles a week to 6.4 ± 5.8 a week.


Despite that, outcomes were positive.


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