The Division of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland is currently working with the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University on a large study looking at ongoing hip pain, titled “Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) and early osteoarthritis”.
FAI is a common cause of hip and groin pain in active adults and has been shown to impact up to 25% of the general population. FAI has been linked to early onset of hip Osteoarthritis and the university is looking at observing people with hip pain to better understand the progression of this condition.
The prevalence of FAI in the football population has been indicated to be up to three times the normal rate. Therefore, the study is intended to assist in the treatment, management and prevention of hip related pain in members of the football community both during and after the playing career.
The study is currently in the early stages of recruitment. The university is looking for volunteers aged 18-50 years of age with symptoms such as a gradual onset of hip pain, which may radiate into the groin and aggravated by prolonged sitting or hip movements such as squatting, twisting, running and climbing stairs.
For those interested, this will involve a screening session (which can be scheduled at a training session) consisting of a short interview and a five minute physical testing session. Should a volunteer be eligible, they will be asked to attend a more thorough testing session at the University of Queensland St Lucia campus, following which they will be asked to undertake imaging studies of both hips.
Involvement in the study will be at no cost to any of the participants. All imaging will be paid for by the study and all participants completing the study will be compensated for their time with a $50 gift voucher.
To express an interest in the trial, either go to the following link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UQFORCe
or call 0424 449 574