While clinical history and physical examination are of utmost importance in the initial evaluation of patients with FAI, diagnostic imaging plays a vital role in the complete patient workup.
IT band syndrome is a common overuse injury that sidelines even the hardiest endurance athletes. The pain it brings can turn simple steps into an achy shuffle. Targeted stretching and exercises can help ease or even prevent IT band syndrome by improving your flexibility and strengthening key muscles.
During an initial visit, you’ll have an in-depth discussion with Linnea Welton, MD, our hip preservation specialist, about your hip pain, what treatments you have tried and how well they have worked. She will then perform a thorough physical exam of your hips, pelvis and lower spine, taking a look at:
- Gait (the way you walk)
- Neurologic function (your reflexes, for example)
- Range of motion
- Muscle strength
After a detailed health history and the physical exam, she will perform imaging tests, such as X-rays, to form a diagnosis and determine if you are a good candidate for hip preservation.
A benefit of MultiCare’s Hip Preservation Program is that you won’t need to see multiple doctors to find relief. Dr. Welton performs complex hip arthroscopy and realignment procedures involving the pelvis and femur.
Each patient is unique, so treatment plans are customized to fit individual needs. Our goal is to collaborate with you to create a long-term, effective approach that alleviates your hip pain and gets you back to active living.
There’s no doubt that exercise is a boon for the body — but it can also be the bane of the hips for athletic women. As women’s participation in recreational and competitive sports has risen, so too has the incidence of activity-related hip pain.
This reality is reflected in the dramatic increase of some orthopedic surgeries, such as hip replacement and hip arthroscopy. For example, between 2006 and 2010, the number of hip arthroscopies performed increased by more than 600 percent, according to the Journal of Arthroplasty.
K. Linnea Welton, MD, a hip preservation specialist at MultiCare Orthopedics & Sports Medicine-Auburn, is one of a few surgeons in the United States who performs complex hip arthroscopy. She talks with us about her cutting-edge specialty and how active women can best care for their hips.