FAI Patients Who Practice Yoga Respond Well to Surgery

person doing yoga

Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is a painful hip condition that is most often diagnosed in younger patients who perform activities that require hip flexibility, like yoga. In patients with FAI, extra bone develops along the acetabulum (socket of the hip) or on the femoral head (ball of the hip). This bony overgrowth damages the soft tissues of the hip during movement. This condition can be effectively treated with hip arthroscopy, a surgical process during which a small camera and tiny instruments are inserted into a narrow incision to treat the affected area.

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush hip arthroscopy specialist, Dr. Shane Nho, has been following hip arthroscopy patients who practice yoga to identify at what rate they returned to yoga after the procedure. The study reported that a full 93% of patients were able to return to yoga approximately 6 months post-surgery.

See the full study published in SAGE Journals here.