Dr. Olufemi Ayeni was recently awarded the 2016 Research Grant ConMed grant funding ($25,000) for his new study evaluating femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) in the paediatric population.
As FAI is diagnosed most frequently in athletes, and it is estimated that 30 to 45 million adolescents age 6-18 years old are involved in sports, it has become imperative to identify factors that may predict its development, study treatments, and improve outcomes.
The presentation of a cam-type deformity can include hip pain, loss of function, and the need for surgical treatment along with its potential complications (complication rates of hip arthroscopy in children and adolescents range from 1.8-12.9%). Considering that research has demonstrated the connection between FAI and osteoarthritis in adulthood, potentially leading to the need for total hip replacement, it has now become critical to mitigate the risk of developing cam deformities at a young age.
This seed grant will fund a pilot prospective cohort study to provide feasibility data for a large global study that will evaluate the impact of sport activity and FAI development during the critical phase of hip maturation.