Hip arthroscopy in athletes

Clin Sports Med. 2001 Oct;20(4):749-61.


The limited data (n = 42) and diverse pathology within this study make statistical analysis difficult, although the observations are still meaningful. Diagnostic arthroscopy has defined elusive causes of disabling hip pain in an athletic population including occult labral and chondral damage and rupture of the ligamentum teres. Operative arthroscopy has been effective in reducing the symptoms associated with many of these forms of pathology. For more evident causes of hip pain, such as loose bodies or impinging osteophytes, arthroscopy offers an excellent alternative to traditional open techniques. This study has defined that many intraarticular disorders initially may go unrecognized. The benefit of earlier diagnosis seems intuitive and may minimize extraneous investigative studies, but there are a few caveats. First, various forms of extraarticular pathology (e.g., muscle strains) far outnumber intraarticular injuries and thus the temptation for an extensive intraarticular work up for every hip injury should be avoided. Second, as mentioned, does earlier diagnosis always mean early intervention? There is much that we may not fully understand regarding the natural history of many of these intraarticular disorders that we are only now learning to diagnose.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Age of Onset
  • Aged
  • Arthroscopy / statistics & numerical data*
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology
  • Athletic Injuries / surgery*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hip Injuries / epidemiology
  • Hip Injuries / surgery*
  • Hip Joint / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Physical Education and Training / methods
  • Prospective Studies
  • Sports / statistics & numerical data
  • Treatment Outcome
  • United States / epidemiology