This surgery has become super popular in NYC. Maybe too popular? In fact, I would say about 50% of my patient population had either the diagnosis of hip impingement OR were post surgical. It’s kind of the hot new thing. But, it was also very common among the dancers whom I was treating extensively.
Anyway, I truly believe in non-surgical, natural, hands on healing. And if one must resort to surgery then it is of the utmost importance to have a skilled physical therapist address the functional limitations that remain after the hip has been “cleaned up” by the surgeon. My colleague and I gave a lecture on this particular topic at NYU Langone Medical Center in NYC a few months ago and we were really surprised to find that there is no cohesive protocol out there delineating how to rehabilitate these patients. So, we designed one ourselves.
Perhaps most importantly, yoga can be used to help prevent and rehabilitate this injury. Certain poses should not be done at all and other poses can be modified to be extremely helpful. It is all pretty cool!
Have not yet seen any post surgical hip impingement or labral repair patients here in Austin.
Maybe that’s a good thing…