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Monday, April 10, 2017

Running After Hip Surgery

Can you really run after you’ve undergone hip surgery? New research says yes…and in less than a year!
When you have bone spurs on your hips, regular running can be a painful activity. But if you love to run, you likely don’t want to just give it up.
Bone spurs occur on the hip joints when extra growth along the bones causes an irregular shape and leads to pain as they rub together during movement.
Treatment can range from time off the track, or treadmill, to physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medication. For others, arthroscopic surgery is a great choice.
The new study published in a recent issue of The American Journal of Sports Medicine claimed that 96 percent of patients who were frequent runners were able to successfully return to the sport within nine months following the procedure.
Details of the 51-patient study include:
  • Forty-nine patients (or 96 percent) returned to running at an average of 9 months following arthroscopic surgery.
  • Activity scores on all other tests evaluating physical abilities, besides running, were favorable and had improved significantly after surgery.
  • Females, interestingly, showed greater progress than males.
In addition, the pain experienced when running was reported to decrease after the surgery.

Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally-invasive procedure involving a small camera inserted at the hip joint so your physician can repair the bones.

To find out if arthroscopic surgery in Austin is a good fit for you, please contact us for an appointment.

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