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:

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Hip Arthroscopy rehab day 29 on the up

Post hip arthroscopy I am feeling stronger day by day.
Had a lovely conversation with Professor Schilder's secretary that really hit home. You need to give your body time to heal, at least 6 weeks to 2 months before you see results and all sorts about focus and perspective and with lots of anecdotal evidence. If you're surgeon's secretary is as helpful as Schilder's secretary you're lucky because they have a wealth of experience from been at the front line, fielding all the calls to the surgeons and see everything first hand. Whilst she won't go stray into Schilder's territory re specific physical post hip arthroscopy complaints, she will reiterate his advice in laymen terms and gives support.

Somehow her words of wisdom hit home and made me go out shopping and to enjoy the sunny day a bit more, instead of impatiently waiting to improve and googling to see why my recovery from hip arthroscopy isn't faster!

Walking is improving. All round strength is improving, all day by day. I now potter around the house, using one crutch when I tire and two crutches for the stairs and outside.. I intend to slowly ween off over the week.

ps re shopping, don't try hang your shopping off crutch handles when out and about. I brought home a bag of not apples, but apple mush because of the bags swinging and battering the crutches as you stride and a bunch of battered, broken flowers!!


  1. I love coming to your blog and reading about your day. It makes me feel connected to at least one other person in this world.
    Dr. Erickson's assistant is my first line. His name is Mark, a young guy that is the most supportive person you could ask for as well during this whole process. If I have questions I ask him ! He was even in the operating room when I had the surgery so I know he knows me in a physical (mind out of the gutter, even though he is a complete doll ! )way as well. He helps me out in the area of my back too since he has dealt with fusions and injections that didn't help for him. The best part is to him I am a person, not just a patient.
    The shopping sounds great too. I love the visual of the apples swinging on the crutches lol. Word of advice, next time bring a backpack.

  2. Hahaha,thanks Erin, not once did it cross my mind to take a backpack!

  3. OMG someone gave me that advice too today......such an easy thing to think of....a back pack, why didnt we think of that?!