What is it about?

Iliopsoas impingement has traditionally been recognized as a cause of groin pain in patients who suffer from osteoarthritis or after undergoing a total hip replacement. This paper presents the current aspects regarding the clinical features, diagnosis and management of iliopsoas impingement in the athletic population.

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Why is it important?

Iliopsoas impingement is a painful condition and is often missed. It usually occurs in young adults involved in sport or dance or activities wherein the hip joint is actively stressed. It can lead to acetabular labral tears and it is therefore, important for hip surgeons to recognize this condition and understand the possible anatomic and clinical variations together with the available treatment options.


Although the literature surrounding non-arthroplasty iliopsoas impingement is minimal, it is fairly painful and debilitating condition for the young adult. Health care professionals involved in the care of young adults with hip pain should keep this as a differential in patients presenting with anterior hip or groin pain and mechanical symptoms.

Mr Vikas Khanduja
University of Cambridge

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This page is a summary of: non-arthroplasty iliopsoas impingement in athletes: a narrative literature review, Hip International, April 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1120700019831945.
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