Limited lumbopelvic mobility does not influence short-term outcomes after primary hip arthroscopy: a propensity-matched controlled study


There is a paucity of literature investigating the effect of lumbopelvic mobility on patient-reported outcome scores (PROs) after primary hip arthroscopy. The purpose of this study was (i) to report minimum 1-year PROs in patients with limited lumbopelvic mobility (LM) who underwent primary hip arthroscopy for femoroacetabular impingement syndrome (FAIS) and (ii) to compare clinical results with a propensity-matched control group of patients with normal lumbopelvic mobility (NM). Data were reviewed for surgeries performed between November 2019 and March 2020. Patients were considered eligible if they received a primary hip arthroscopy for FAIS in the setting of LM (seated to standing change in sacral slope ≤ 10°). LM patients were propensity-matched to a control group of patients with normal lumbopelvic motion (seated to standing change in sacral slope > 10°) for comparison. A total of 17 LM and 34 propensity-matched NM patients were included in the study. LM patients showed significant improvement in all outcome measures and achieved the minimum clinically important difference (MCID) and patient acceptable symptomatic state (PASS) at high rates for modified Harris Hip Score (MCID: 94% and PASS: 82%) and International Hip Outcome Tool-12 (iHOT-12; MCID: 94% and iHOT-12: 76%). When LM patients were compared to a propensity-matched control group of NM patients, they demonstrated similar postoperative PROs and rates of achieving MCID/PASS. LM patients who undergo primary hip arthroscopy may expect favorable short-term PROs at minimum 1-year follow-up. These results were comparable to a control group of NM patients.

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