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, 13 December 2009

hip arthroscopy recovery 23 maintainance exercises

Just adding some exercises for anyone who could do with some pointers for hip arthroscopy maintenance post op. These have just been given to me by a successful hip arthroscopy patient, she was told to keep doing them daily. I'm going to start adding these as from tomorrow as I currently only do water exercises.

"Hip abductions - that is lying on you side doing leg lifts,
Side steps with a somewhat tight band around the ankles, Step downs, that is where you are on the last step and step down with your good side (if you have one :) but don't let your foot touch the floor but let it get really close, repeat - this is a hard one for me. I found an old step ... See More from step aerobics that is a bit shorter and that works better. The band exercise can be done in the water, just rinse with clear water when done and lay out to dry.
All of these exercises should be done on both sides. Oh yes, a few more - Clamshells, laying on your side, knees bent, ankles together, keep ankles together and lift the upper knee -15-30x each. Leg presses - at the gym keep the weight low and do both legs at first then single leg presses, make sure you are not straining too much. Best wishes to you my friend. I better go and do mine now, I have been bad lately, always have an excuse..."

Thank you to the lovely Stephanie for these.

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