Low Back Pain Improves After Surgery for Lesser Trochanteric–Ischial Impingement

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      To assess the effects of surgery for lesser trochanteric–ischial impingement (LTI) on low back pain.


      The records of patients with LTI who underwent endoscopic partial resection of the lesser trochanter (LT) between May of 2017 and February of 2019 were reviewed. Inclusion criteria were the presence of low back pain in association with hip pain, diagnosis of LTI, and partial resection of the LT to treat LTI. Exclusion criteria were less than 12 months of postoperative follow-up and hip or spine surgery after the LTI surgery. Patients were assessed before surgery and at the most recent follow-up with the modified Harris Hip Score and Oswestry Disability Index for lumbar spine.


      Thirty patients (31 hips) met the inclusion criteria. Four patients were lost to follow-up. Two patients with borderline dysplasia and grade 1 and 2 osteoarthritis underwent total hip arthroplasty after the partial resection of the LT. The results are presented considering the remaining 24 patients (25 hips). The average age at surgery was 51 years (range 32-65 years). The mean follow-up after the surgery for LTI was 19 months (range 12-35 months). The mean ± SD ODI improved from 48% ± 15 before the LTI surgery to 21% ± 22 (P < .001) at the most recent follow-up. Improvement in the Oswestry Disability Index above the minimal clinical important difference was observed in 16 patients (67%) following the LTI surgery. The mean ± SD modified Harris Hip Score improved from 55.8 ± 14 before LTI surgery to 81.3 ± 14.3 (P < .001).


      Decrease in low back pain above the minimal clinically important difference is observed in 2 of 3 patients after partial resection of the LT.

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