Common hip problem could be treated successfully without surgery

Jasmine Phu

July 12, 2011

Arthroscopic treatment of the common hip problem, femoro-acetabular impingement, can restore and improve some range of motion for patients, and one study found that it has a similar effectiveness as open surgery.

Researchers at the Hospital for Special Surgery recently studied the abilities of 60 male patients before and after they underwent arthroscopic treatment or surgery. The results for each treatment were similar, except in few cases where the anteroposterior alpha angle was better repaired by surgery than treatment.

These findings suggest that elderly individuals who suffer from joint and bone problems may have additional options rather than going under the knife. An older adult who suffers from arthritis, osteoporosis or any other disease that weakens his or her body can consider buying a personal emergency response system, which will send a medical alert to a response team in case he or she is injured while alone and cannot get to a phone to call for help.

"For the majority of patients with more typical hip impingement, arthroscopic approaches should be just as effective at adequately restoring the mechanics as the open surgical technique," said Bryan T. Kelly, one of the lead researchers.