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A Closer Look at Hip Impingement and Return to Play

Medscape—July 5, 2017

Medscape interviewed Bryan T. Kelly, MD, HSS chief of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, about femoroacetabular impingement, a condition of the hip joint in which bone overgrowth causes abnormal shape and friction in the ball-and-socket joint leading to joint damage, pain and limited mobility.

Dr. Kelly discussed his research on hip impingement and how it has affected athletes. "In terms of research, the areas of interest are the impact of treatment on alleviation of early symptoms, and the ability of athletes who have been sidelined by this type of injury to return to play. We are also looking at the long-term benefits of treatment," he said.

If an athlete does have a hip impingement, Dr. Kelly said the ability to return to play is very high. "We and other researchers have shown return-to-play rates at or above the level they were before their injuries (anywhere from 80% to 95%), depending on the level of the athlete in the studies. Arthroscopy is a good procedure to eliminate symptoms and get people back to play."

He advised that it is best to intervene and repair the injury before permanent cartilage wear occurs.

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