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, 27 December 2009

hip arthroscopy rehab week 26? coming to terms

All quite unremarkable so far! Sat though Xmas dinner, granted on a cushion, but was fine and that's unusual, normally I'm itching to stand. Also got to play a board game with my son, I could sit long enough weeeeeee! fantastic!
Not been able to do much simply because I have a cold, virus thing and feel washed out.

I've not been in the pool for OMG '4' whole days, but by way of making up I've been saying lots of hail marys, no, I mean I've been doing exercises, 'land' exercises and stretches. All on piriformis, psoas and hamstrings, If I keep these muscles loose (or at least not as strung up as a violin) seems I don't go too far wrong.
Muscle aches still dog operated side though less and less so and unoperated side flares, but feels manageable.
In fairness the operated side has only been grumbling since March 08 v's the operated sides shouting at me since Sept 03, so hey, I'm hard, I'd be lost without some pain!!
Given my body's decision (catching a cold) to join my mind and self indulge in a bit of self pity for a couple of weeks I think delaying the op probably was a good decision in the long run and I'm really looking forward to quality time with my baby!

ps one tip 'wii boxing' - FANTASTIC - I just kept knocking them out in the first round - amazing stress relief and all I had to do was keep picturing my GP who for 6 years insisted it couldn't be a hip problem causing the pain!


  1. Merry Christmas Louisa!! Here's to a great 2010 for you!

  2. Hi Claire, Merry Xmas, hope you're continuing to do well.. yes I seem to be very slowly every day improving... on day I'll wake up and say ooh no pain for a week... in fact now I think about it, no pain for almost a week!!

  3. Louisa, that sounds very positive! Glad you enjoyed Xmas and here is to a hip pain free-er 2010 for us all!!

    Very happy for you, and even though there will be ups and downs for the months to come yet, it definitely seems to all be heading in the upwards direction now at long last!!

    Sam xx

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