Hip arthroscopy is usually done as an outpatient surgical day procedure. The primary role of the physical therapist is instructing the patient in pain management, ambulation with an appropriate assistive device, and home exercise. The key impairments are pain, swelling, limited soft tissue and joint mobility, decreased strength and muscle inhibition, and decreased proprioception.5,6 The key functional limitations are difficulty with ambulation, lower extremity dressing, limited sitting tolerance, and difficulty driving.
A physical therapy examination includes assessment of, pain, sensation, range of motion, functional mobility, strength, and palpation.
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