Arthroscopic Surgery for Hip Impingement versus Best CoNservative Care (FASHIoN)

Lead Researcher Email Number Webpage
Professor Kim Bennell + 61 3 834 44135 View page

Project Details

Hip impingement, also known as femoroacetabular impingement or FAI, is a condition in which the bones of the hip joint press against each other and may cause pain. It often affects young active adults and can result in stiffness, muscle weakness and reduced physical function. There has been a rapid increase in the use of keyhole surgery (hip arthroscopy) to manage this condition. An alternative treatment option for patients is a course of best conventional care (a structured programme of exercise-based care supervised by a physiotherapist, here called Personalised Hip Therapy) aimed at improving the muscle strength and control around the hip joint. This randomised controlled trial aims to compare the clinical and cost effectiveness of hip arthroscopy with Personalised Hip Therapy for patients with symptomatic FAI up to 12 months after treatment. There will be a focus on the structure and shape of the hip joint, forces going through the joint during hip movement, and the health of the hip joint cartilage.This study aims to recruit 140 participants with symptomatic hip impingement, aged 16 and over.



University of Sydney

  • Prof David Hunter

St Vincents Private Hospital

  • Mr John O'Donnell
  • Mr Parminder Singh

Griffith University

  • Prof David Lloyd


  • National Health and Medical Research Council
  • Australian Hip Arthroscopy Education and Research Foundation

Research Group

Musculoskeletal and Sports Rehabilitation

Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

School Research Themes

Recovery and Rehabilitation Across the Lifespan

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Department / Centre


Unit / Centre

Musculoskeletal and Sports Rehabilitation