Is hip range of motion and strength impaired in people with hip chondrolabral pathology? Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to: i) to compare physical impairments in people with chondrolabral pathology identified at hip arthroscopy 12-24 months previously to age-matched healthy people; and ii) to understand whether sex has any influence on impairments. METHODS: 84 patients (42 female; age=36±10) 12-24 months post hip arthroscopy and 60 controls (41 female; age=36±10) were included. Measurements of active hip ROM and strength were assessed. Two-way analyses of co-variance examined the effect of sex and chondrolabral pathology on hip ROM and strength. RESULTS: Patients exhibited less hip internal rotation (IR) ROM (p=0.001) and more extension (p=0.014) ROM; and less hip adduction (p<0.001), extension (p=0.001), flexion (p<0.001), ER (p=0.044) and IR (p<0.001) strength when compared to controls. For abduction strength, a significant interaction was found between the presence of chondrolabral pathology and sex (p=0.035). CONCLUSIONS: People with hip chondrolabral pathology have differences in hip ROM and strength when compared to controls. Rehabilitation programs should focus on addressing these specific physical impairments in order to enhance outcomes. This information may be of great value to both researchers and clinicians alike in determining interventions to improve outcomes in people with early hip OA.

publication date

  • 2014