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:

Friday, 21 August 2009

hip arthroscopy rehab wk 6

I don't understand, night and day blighted by acute, chronic hip pain, worse than the days post op, as bad as worst flare ups in past. Hips are taking turns in who is the bad guy.. operated side by far the worst.
Beside myself... doing VERY little, even dropped exercises all exercises; and back on both crutches. What the hell is happening and why now...I thought I was going to be a success story, I don't understand!


  1. Hi
    Just hang on in there I am 7 weeks post op this monday coming, but last week was complete hell, cant think of any other way to descibe it, agonising night pains, acute pain well everytime I moved really same as pre op, but this week after a couple of days of NO exercises (how guilty did I feel!!!) and a few dicloflex its a totally different story I feel great, a few aching muscles but thats it.
    I think this op is just like this very up and down and after seeing the film of my op with the consultant I can fully understand why.
    I am a 42 year old female and was very active prior to this hip problem and like you I am finding it very frustrating but I'm sure if you rest next week you will be feeling great.
    Also must say your blog has inspired me.
    Annette xxx

  2. Annette, thank you, it is reassuring to hear other people suffer so badly post op, sorry, though I suspect you know exactly what I mean! I've felt really quite afraid the past few days with this level of pain and really hope like you I come out the other end.
    Do blog I wish more people would it gives the curious and the desperate points of reference. Do stay in touch, really curious to hear how your recovery goes.

    ps its great your got to see before and after pics.

    With thanks,
    Louisa xx