PT Inquest Episode 128: Surgery vs Physical Therapy for FAIS

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Finally a randomized controlled trial comparing physical therapy management to surgery for femoroacetabular impingement syndrome (FAIS)!!! And what were the findings? Well, not impressive on either end. Of course this generates more questions than answers but that’s what good research does.

Arthroscopic Surgery or Physical Therapy for Patients With Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome: A Randomized Controlled Trial With 2-Year Follow-up.
Mansell NS, Rhon DI, Meyer J, Slevin JM, Marchant BG.
Am J Sports Med. 2018 May;46(6):1306-1314. doi: 10.1177/0363546517751912. Epub 2018 Feb 14.

Here is the pretrial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov

Here is the article that they cited that describes the physical therapy interventions: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12891-016-0914-1

Due to copyright laws, unless the article is open source we cannot legally post the PDF on the website for the world to download at will. That said, if you are having difficulty obtaining an article, contact us.

Music for PT Inquest:
“The Science of Selling Yourself Short” by Less Than Jake
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