Surgery or Physical Therapy for Femoroacetabular Impingement?
What is it about?
We currently don't know the optimal treatment approach for femoroacetabular impingement (FAIS). As our understanding of this diagnosis improves, both surgical procedures and non-surgical management approaches continue to evolve. While surgical correction is very popular, no clinical trials to date have compared surgical to non-surgical interventions. This study set out to look at differences in 2-year outcomes between patients randomized to receive either one of these treatments.
Why is it important?
Often patients are educated on the value of each of these treatments. However, since they have never been compared, it is challenging to inform patients when they want to know which option is the best. If one is clearly the optimal choice, then this research can help patients make an appropriately informed decision. Unfortunately, these results do not definitively answer the question, but rather keep the conversation moving. Much work still needs to be done to identify who is best for surgery and who is best for conservative rehab. It's like not an either/or.
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