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, 6 December 2009

hip arthroscopy week 22 nervous meltdown

Well, went on a mad christmas lunch that turned into a 10 hr champagne drinking event, that took me to several bars... I genuinely thought I had little chance of making it thru lunch as there were 3 to 4 courses. Only been able to sit thru 2 courses max for yrs. Anyhow, I survived and for much longer (I think down to alcohol) but the craziness lured me in in the absence of hardly any social life in over a yr, due to limitations!
I am suffering now. Operated hip started grumbling and got louder a day later and pre op hip very very tight.
The bad news is literally since booking my last op I've had 3 panic attacks, 11 migraines and 2 days of palpitations - you'd think it'd get easier, it doesn't!


  1. Sounds lovely! Minus the panic attacks and palpitations!! Breathe momma!! Pretty soon you will have two new hips and be able to so anything you want!!! It's amazing how much attention these damn hips require!! Its like having another child.... a bitchy one at that!!

  2. haha!! I'm laughing at the drinking binge and wishing we were close enough to hit the bars together...imagine us dancing with our limited range of motion!


  3. Aw babe! Think back to your 7 day stint of no pain. Just think how amazing its going to be when you have that again but with 2 good hips!! Glad you had a great party time - its lovely to hear you had a girlie blast and champagne too mmmmmm
    By the way - awesome to meet you in person, you have such lovely energy x

  4. Thanks!
    I think I've lost my energy mojo or something.. seems so daunting despite knowing I'll improve. In a way if this recovery had been better it would've been easier to go straight back in Oct and get the second done, or leave it some years, this feels like limbo and dragging on.. but I know all the rational but at the same time feel all ughh again nooo, more been helped into the shower, cans of heinz chicken soup from hubby - daily and more been absent as a parent to a needy 1 and 4 yrs old.. I have to think positive though, just a shame my body, mutinous as it is, disagrees and rewards me with a fabulous buffet of neurotic sensations!!!
    Noell I know you're right.. Vanessa wouldn't it be hilarious and Claire yes you're right and really lovely to meet you too and thanks re the energy though am surprised there was any left in my body! Keep going for it you're doing AMAZINGLY well! Actually like Noell, I knew I should've tried harder in PE! X