Patient Selection and Physical Examination
Successful hip arthroscopy is most clearly dependent on proper patient selection and relies on the clinical acumen of the surgeon. Arthroscopy has been instrumental in defining the existence of numerous previously unrecognized hip disorders that can cause disabling symptoms. This has subsequently led to marked improvement in interpreting the history and symptoms and in physical examination skills. This has also necessitated a more comprehensive strategy in assessing the complexities of the hip region beyond just the joint itself. This chapter details the history and examination for the hip joint but also the entirety of the lumbopelvic region. There are numerous disorders that may mimic and coexist with one another. A complete assessment is important in establishing a cohesive strategy, both nonsurgical and surgical, for the intricacies of this region. It would be an egregious error for one to isolate the exam to the joint alone. The comprehensive nature of this chapter will prepare the reader for the challenges of evaluating these complex issues.
KeywordsExternal Rotation Labral Tear Iliotibial Band Posterior Impingement Trochanteric Bursitis
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