How to treat femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)
The number of patients identified with FAI has increased rapidly over the past 10 years, However, epidemiology, diagnostical criteria and treatment were still lacking clarity. Thus, this consensus statement was initiated and an international agreement on the diagnosis and management of FAI was reached.
22 expert clinicians and academics and 1 patient participated in the process. A list of topics and questions were developed, which was discussed and current literature was gathered. The results of the consensus process were:
1. The FAI symptom is motion-related or position-related pain in the hip or groin. Pain may also be felt in the back, buttock or thigh, and patients may describe clicking, catching, locking, stiffness, restricted range of motion or giving way.
To date, there is no high-level evidence supporting the choice of a definite treatment for FAI syndrome. Those treating FAI syndrome, particularly in secondary and tertiary care, should be part of a multidisciplinary group with knowledge of, and access to, all treatment options. Unfortunately, the conservative care of patients with FAI syndrome is poorly described and requires further research.
> From: Griffin, Br J Sports Med 50 (2016) 1169-1176. All rights reserved to BMJ Publishing Group Ltd. Click here for the Pubmed summary.