The primary aim of this study was to investigate the clinical and cost effectiveness of hip arthroscopy versus Personalised Hip Therapy (a structured programme of exercise-based care supervised by a physiotherapist) for patients with symptomatic hip impingement (femoroacetabular impingement, FAI) up to 12 months after treatment. 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 structured programme of exercise-based care supervised by a physiotherapist aimed at improving the muscle strength and control around the hip joint.
Status of project: recruitment closed
Researchers involved in this study included Prof Kim Bennell, Dr Michelle Hall, Tim Wrigley and Libby Spiers at the University of Melbourne with collaborators from the University of Sydney. This study was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council and by the Australian Hip Arthroscopy Education and Research Foundation.
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