I have spent the last 20 years watching the evolution of Hip Arthroscopy and Hip Preservation nationally and internationally. Early on, arthroscopic and open hip procedures were largely two separate, and in many respects, competing techniques and fields. Over the years, surgeons that performed either arthroscopic or open hip procedures began to collaborate by sharing clinical, surgical, and research experiences, as well as thoughts regarding future directions. Many organizations that typically focused on one or the other approach began to invite leaders from each of these camps to come together and share their experiences with larger audiences. We have now become largely one collective “Hip Preservation” community with institutions around the world developing centers that specialize in both arthroscopic and open approaches in order to better manage the variety of hip disorders seen in our pediatric and young adult hip populations.
I am delighted to have the opportunity to put together this issue in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review regarding some “bread and butter” and “hot topics” surrounding hip preservation and hip arthroscopy. I am equally excited to gather a group of “thought leaders” in the field to cover these exciting and relevant topics. The contributors to these articles have expertise that cover all aspects of hip preservation including hip arthroscopy, open hip preservation, pediatric and adult nonarthritic hip disorders, and sports medicine. There are a variety of topics covered in this issue including “making the right diagnosis,” management of the “borderline” dysplastic hip, femoral version considerations, capsular management strategies, the athletic hip and core muscle injury, and more.
This was a privilege for me to organize, and I am confident this will thoroughly quench your thirst for some hip preservation wisdom. In the midst of a year like non other, I recommend you go to your favorite chair, pour a glass of your favorite beverage, pull out this issue of Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review and soak in some PEARLS from some of the most talented and experienced leaders in the hip preservation field.