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, 10 October 2009

Hip Arthroscopy recovery 13wks, 1 day pain relief

Wuhoo 2 days no significant pain, could this be a turn around, touch wood salute at magpies and all manner of superstitious reassurance behaviour!!!
Been working like a demon at the pool, an hour a day of walking in chest deep water, ham, glute, adductor, quad and hip flexor exercises and a bit of breast stroke and flutter kick leg swimming... it is working wonders.. or the steroid is.. wish I knew which it is, but oh the joy of not living with mind distracting dull ache day and night!
Maybe this hip arthroscopic malarky, maybe it can work???
Must not get too excited as I KNOW the pain will keep revisiting, but right now I'll be grateful for one day pain, two days no pain and so on and hopefully ever improving!


  1. Louisa,
    Not sure if it has been coincidence, but my pain decreased significantly since water walking! I think we're onto something!! fingers crossed:)

    good luck!

  2. I've had 3, three, trois!!!!! days relatively pain free, not sure WHAT is going on... I'm observing like the mad professor and suspicious why?! Oh and yes, utterly delighted!

  3. Oh meant to say I noticed on facebk today, you saying you're getting no sleep?

  4. I am so happy for you. See the water really does help !!! I found that out purely by accident after my surgery and I had to quit. Maybe that's why I have stalled. Good to hear you are getting some relief from the pain and being able to get past it at night. That of course is the hardest part.

  5. 4 days no real pain, discomfort and kinda itchy where there was pain?!
    Thanks Erin X

  6. YEAH!!!! I LOVE the water! Dont worry about the pain returning.... positive energy breeds positive results! As far as flutter kick... unsure. I'm not cleared to go there yet! Pain is your guide...if it hurst, back off!

  7. by the way.... LOVE your new profile picture. Adorable little ones!