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:

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Hip Arthroscopy rehab - day 2

A quickie as still feeling really sickly and my mac makes me want to hurl! Basically putting aside how weird the anesthetic has me feel, sickly, emotional, dizzy, that aside, I'm feeling positive! Lounging in bed shattered but as you can see I have company!
Hip feels sore, but am able to do no resistance cycling and get about on crutches. Showering was a task though! Can't lift leg well. Cut down meds to codine and dropped diclofenac for neurofen as diclofenac also making me feel sick.
I am surprisingly comfortable...mostly just freaked by feeling knocked sideways by anesthetic and loss of independence!
Bruising minimal, am icing a lot. I have two incision points (only 2!) and I can't imagine how he fixed my labrum and took away my excess acetabulum bone and in the end also shaved the femur!? I keep looking at my hip and saying to my hubby that Prof Shilders must be an artist! But I still hold my breath as I wait to see how his surgery unfolds, if my pain goes.

I feel optimistic through the vomit inducing sensations of anesthesia!

Pics to follow - proof of at the v least tidy work! Funny really never even thought about the scarring side as long as I get my life back!

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