Editorial Commentary: A Commentary on a Meta-analysis of Short-Term Outcomes Academic Article uri icon


  • Hip pain is prevalent and costly, and young patients with hip femoroacetabular impingement have similar levels of pain and quality of life to older patients with hip osteoarthritis. Hip arthroscopic surgery for femoroacetabular impingement is increasing in prevalence, and the benefits of operative treatment compared with nonoperative treatment require consideration. Hip arthroscopy should not be a first-line treatment but can be necessary in cases in which high-quality, exercise-based nonsurgical treatment options have been exhausted. Patients should be informed that surgery is not necessarily cost-effective and may have an increased risk of comorbidities such as chronic pain and insomnia. Patient-reported outcomes may improve by up to 20% with either surgery or physical therapy but are not likely to return to those seen in patients without hip pain. Although most patients return to sport after hip arthroscopy, the ability to participate at a preinjury level is seen in fewer than a quarter of patients. Return-to-sport rates with physiotherapist-led nonoperative treatment are not known.

publication date

  • January 2020