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A Year in Review

Welcome to my 12 Top Hip Papers series of miniblogs of 2021. Some of you might have joined me for my 12 Hip Tips series in December of 2020.  This year I've decided to feature 12 papers that have contributed strongly to our understanding of hip conditions and/or the assessment or management of hip pain or injury. There will be a specially prepared infographic and key learnings for each paper. Quick but info-packed reads for this busy time of year. Kicking off for day one is this important consensus paper that defines femoroacetabular impingement syndrome, redefining clinically relevant femoroacetabular impingement.

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PAPER 1: The Warwick Agreement on femoroacetabular impingement syndrome (FAI syndrome): an international consensus statement

In the 10 years prior to this consensus paper, the world saw rapid increases in surgical ‘correction’ of ‘femoroacetabular impingement.’ Many surgeries were occurring in painfree individuals, with the intended purpose to prevent the development of osteoarthritis. This explosion of invasive procedures was of concern, as the relationship between cam and pincer morphologies, pain and development of osteoarthritis was still unclear. Furthermore, the level of evidence for impact on pain and function was only at a low level with high risk of bias and there was no evidence of the impact of such surgeries on altering the course of degenerative joint change. Surgical decisions were often being made on imaging findings alone. Something needed to be done to gain consensus on what constituted a clinically meaningful presentation of femoroacetabular impingement.

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Key learnings about defining femoroacetabular impingement:

This expert panel agreed that:

  1. The recommended terminology should include the following terms: FAI syndrome, cam morphology, pincer morphology, and the following terms should be avoided: asymptomatic FAI, symptomatic FAI, FAI morphology, deformity, abnormality or lesion.
  2. Symptoms, clinical signs and imaging findings must be present to diagnose FAI syndrome.
  3. Management includes patient education & load management, physiotherapist-led rehabilitation, pharmaceuticals, and surgery.
  4. Preventive measures may have a role in higher risk populations, but surgery in asymptomatic individuals is rarely indicated.
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I hope you enjoyed the infographic and key learnings from Day 1 of my 12 Top Hip Papers. There are 11 more papers to come, so stay tuned and return to the blog page each day to see what other top papers and infographics I have for you!

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