Doctor Discovers Cause of Pain For Young Woman

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             Marissa Round is an active 19 year old college volleyball player. But she began noticing a mysterious pain in her groin area, which made climbing stairs and even driving difficult.

            After seeing two doctors with no relief, she came to Dr. Scott Mullen, a sports medicine-trained orthopedic surgeon with the Sports Medicine and Performance Center at The University of Kansas Hospital. He quickly discovered she had FemoroAcetabular impingement (FAI), abnormal bony bumps that pinch the soft tissue around the hip. Mullen says it affects up to 70 percent of athletes in some college sports.

            When pain medication and physical therapy don’t help, a surgical procedure is a good option. It worked for Marissa, and three weeks after her surgery, the constant pain is gone.

            In the video, Dr. Mullen talks about what led to Marissa’s diagnosis, why FAI is under-diagnosed, what are the tests and treatments, a demonstration of the problem with a model of the hip joint and her outcome and prognosis.

            Marissa Round describes her problems before seeing Dr. Mullen, talks about her pain and its level, how it affected her driving, why she opted for the surgery and how she feels three weeks after the surgery.

            Also included is operating room video of Dr. Mullen performing the procedure.