FAI Hip Impingement (Femoro-acetabular Impingement)

FAI Hip Impingement Awareness facts - It is estimated that approximately 15% of the young, adult population have hip impingement, so who do you know that might have it?
Hip impingement causes painful labral tears within the hip socket.
Hip FAI symptoms are misleading to the average medical professional, as FAI hip impingement pain frequently presents as low back pain and interesting only 10% of back pain is ever clinically diagnosed and cured... Which begs the question what percentage is actually caused by hip FAI or hip impingement, as its otherwise known.
The more active you are, the more likely you are to trigger hip impingement symptoms, so busy mums and gym bunnies beware... but at least you're in good company as many premiere league football players have also suffered FAI hip pain.
Hip impingement is diagnosed through x-ray and labral tears are diagnosed through MRI arthograms - but both need to be read by hip consultants specifically trained in FAI hip impingement.
There are 60,000 hip replacements every year in the UK and it now appears that FAI hip impingement, over the years, could be the leading cause of hip osteoarthritis. A silent epidemic.
Hip arthroscopy can reduce the hip impingement and reattach the torn labrum to the hip socket. This surgery can eliminate the pain and disability caused by FAI hip impingement and divert the need for hip replacement in later life.

Also please feel welcome to join in our help and advice forum for support. We have 3 advising FAI expert hip surgeons, 3 PT/physios and a sports medicine doctor as well as the largest international FAI hip impingement forum on the net:

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Hip Arthroscopy - 3 days to go!

I feel physically sick with nerves! Luckily I have really aggravated my bad hip after a few good days had me almost forget the deep, deep almost toothache like endless pain of this injury, its a bone ache I'm sure..just awful and a good reminder I'm doing (please God) the right thing!

Fate has me so busy that each day is slipping by in an activity frenzy and also I feel I'm playing roulette as to whether I'll make it to surgery! My son had a really nasty cold, then today my daughter and my hubby (who is working in Frankfurt till tomorrow) also got wiped out by Oscar's cold and if I get so much as a whiff of this cold, thats it, hip surgery delayed and frankly I think I'll crack up if I get so close then have to cancel!!
Adding insult to injury I drafted my mum in, to help minimize cold catching (I mean she was looking after the snotties!)... and then today she started with a vomiting bug - Hurrah COMPLETE CHAOS!!!

I'm so strung out that I can't imagine how I'll get to 7am Frid Morning in one piece! To anyone who's already done this, you are heroes!

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