May 22, 2019
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High rate of return to dance seen in dancers who underwent hip arthroscopy for FAI

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According to recently published results, 97% of dancers were able to return to dance at an average of 6.9 months after hip arthroscopy. Compared with their preoperative status, most dancers danced at a higher level following surgery.

Researchers identified 64 consecutive dancers with femoroacetabular impingement who treated with hip arthroscopy. The follow-up was a mean of 23 months. To evaluate hypermobility, the Beighton-Horan Joint Mobility Index was used to classify the patients as either having generalized joint laxity or no generalized laxity. Preoperatively and at 6, 12, 24 and 36 months postoperatively, investigators collected a survey about return to dance, modified Harris Hip Score and the hip outcome score (HOS) activities of daily living and sports-specific subscales.

Results showed 62 patients returned to dance at an average of 6.9 months. There were 40 patients who said they returned to a better level of participation and 20 patients returned to the same level of participation. The HOS-activities of daily living and the HOS-sport- specific subscales and the modified Harris Hip Score showed statistically significant increases from preoperative to postoperative measures. The number of hours of dance significantly decreased from 11.5 hour per week preoperatively to 9 hours per week postoperatively.

Investigators noted postoperative hip outcome measures showed statistically significant and clinically relevant improvements. Patients with generalized joint laxity compared to those without were not significantly different with regard to patient-reported outcomes and return time. There was an association between a shorter time to return to dance and competitive dancers; however, the skill level, patient-reported outcomes and dance hours were not significantly different. – by Monica Jaramillo

Disclosures: Ukwuani reports no relevant financial disclosures. Please see the full study for a list of all other authors’ relevant financial disclosures.