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.

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Sunday, 5 July 2009

Hip Arthroscopy - 5 days to go..

I'm not sure I need this surgery... don't know if the steroid kicked in delayed, or since discovered its my hips that are the problem and stopped guarding my back and instead guarded my hips; or in fact the pre-op level of adrenaline in my body is over- riding pain, but I swear I feel less pain!?!! I wonder if it was a 6 year phantom pain? Psychosomatic? My other hips worse... I'm wondering why I'm doing this, doing this in pain is easy, but when easing off... not so easy.

Another new anxiety I have a really sore throat, does that matter? can they still operate?? Without me dying/having heart attack/been really ill. My son alias Bug Boy has really bad cough and cold, I think I'm fighting it ...worried about surgery under par and in fact, in general, WORRIIIIEEEDDD!

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