Ready to Run

Episode 25: Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) and hip labrum tears in runners - Lindsey Plass


On this week’s episode of the Ready to Run Podcast, we have the pleasure of meeting with Lindsey Plass to discuss femoroacetabular impingement (otherwise known as FAI) and hip labrum tears in runners.

Lindsey is a Chicago-based physical therapist, performance coach, author, and international speaker. Lindsey is a former college soccer player turned 10-time marathoner and triathlete. She completed an orthopedic physical therapy residency and manual therapy fellowship making her a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual therapists. 

It was her own lived experience, nearly 10 years ago, with hip pain related to FAI and a labral tear that sparked her interest in helping others with hip issues getting back to doing the things they love. 

She is a clinician and coach and owner of Plass Physical Therapy and Performance. She is currently faculty in the University of Chicago Medicine Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency and University of Chicago Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship. In 2021, Lindsey was invited to be a part of the international Young Athlete’s Hip Research Collaboration led by Dr. Henrik (Paul) Dijkstra who is the Director of Medical Education at Aspetar. Lindsey was also invited as an expert clinician panel member of the 2022 Oxford University Young Adult Hip Consensus meeting, where she represented physical therapists internationally. 

We are excited to share her wealth of knowledge and expertise in how to recognize and manage these injuries with the best current evidence. Let’s get ready to run with Lindsey Plass!

Show notes:

5:10- What is FAI and its associated pathologies?

7:50- Prevalence of FAI 

9:15- When does cam/pincer morphology develop?

12:15- Signs and symptoms of FAI/hip labrum tear

19:15- Key components of the physical exam and diagnostic work-up

28:45- Interpretation of MRI findings

33:00- Common functional impairments in patients with symptomatic FAI

39:10- Understanding non-surgical and surgical treatment options and managing expectations 

44:10- Effect of athlete level of sport and decision-making process for surgical and non-surgical treatment of FAI


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