Part 1 of this article described the hip morphology associated with femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) and how to accurately identify FAI syndrome (FAIS) using the triad of symptoms, clinical signs and imaging findings. This article, Part 2, moves on to discuss treatment of FAIS. The current literature and evidence is clarified, allowing you to prescribe exercises for conservative management and, if necessary, to know when and how to discuss progression to surgery and its potential outcomes, enabling the patient to participate in a shared decision-making process. Register free below (or log in if you already have an account) and you can access the article key points and other related resources.
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Kathryn Thomas (BSc Physio, MPhil Sports Physiotherapy) is a physiotherapist with a Masters degree in Sports Physiotherapy from the Institute of Sports Science and University of Cape Town, South Africa. She graduated both her honours and Masters degrees Cum Laude, and with Deans awards. After graduating in 2000 Kathryn worked in sports practices focusing on musculoskeletal injuries and rehabilitation. She was contracted to work with the Dolphins Cricket team (county/provincial team) and The Sharks rugby teams (Super rugby). Kathryn has also worked and supervised physios at the annual Comrades Marathon and Amashova cycle races for many years. She has worked with elite athletes from different sporting disciplines such as hockey, athletics, swimming and tennis. She was a competitive athlete holding national and provincial colours for swimming, biathlon, athletics, and surf lifesaving, and has a passion for sports and exercise physiology. She has presented research at the annual American College of Sports Medicine congress in Baltimore, and at The South African Sports Medicine Association in 2000 and 2011. She is Co-Kinetic’s technical editor and has taken on responsibility for writing our new clinical review updates for practitioners.
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