Femoroacetabular Impingement in a Collegiate Athlete with Subsequent Labral Pathology: An Overview of Surgical Care and Rehabilitation for Return to Competition

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Jordan Ashdown

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Dr. Kirk Brumels

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Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is not a very well understood pathology and is currently receiving more attention and recognition within the medical community. FAI presents within the hip joint and is caused by excess bone growth on either the head/neck of the femur or the rim of the acetabulum. This excess growth limits range of motion within the joint and causes impingement on the labrum or associated hip structures. Experts today still do not fully agree on whether or not this pathology is only congenital, or if it can be developed throughout life. This pathology presents with a number of symptoms and can be treated conservatively or surgically. During fall 2012 the Hope College Athletic Trainer’s worked with four cases of FAI and were a part of the assessment and rehabilitation process of each athlete. The case of a 22 year old male track athlete with this condition was followed from diagnosis to return to competition. Details relating to assessment criteria, diagnostic and surgical procedures, as well as, treatment and rehabilitation protocol will be discussed.

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