Preventing Hip Pain

IMPAKT-HiP_Phase3About Phase 3: The Natural History Project




Why do this research project?

natural-history-imageLed by Jolanda Cibere, the Natural History project provides a better understanding of how early cartilage damage may develop into hip osteoarthritis (OA) over time, which is an important step toward prevention.

IMPAKT-HiP researchers believe that a combination of certain physical activities and a common condition in the hip called femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) could lead to cartilage damage, which could ultimately increase our risk of developing hip osteoarthritis (OA) over time.

The Natural History project will study the link between FAI, physical activity and early hip disease, shown as cartilage damage and other changes seen on MRI.

What was done?

The latest imaging technology called delayed Gadolinium Enhanced MRI of Cartilage (dGEMRIC) has made it much easier to detect early cartilage damage in people with active lifestyles. IMPAKT-HiP researchers are the first to use this technology to capture images of cartilage damage as it progresses over time.