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:

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Merry Christmas hippys

Have a happy, hippy Christmas and less of the hoppy stuff for the New Year! ..And thanks to anybody bored enough to read the trials and tribulations of this unfortunate road of recovery, if its eased or educated your mind, then job done! Have a good one! PS our tree on the balcony out of Izzy's reach!
Best wishes to you all,
Louisa x


  1. That looks like a scene from a Christmas card.
    Have a fantastic Christmas Louisa, enjoy your children!!
    Thanks for all your support this year-hope next year brings a better year, hip wise, for us both.
    Kate xxx

  2. Thanks Noell and Kate, Very merry Christmas to you XX

  3. Merry Christmas Louisa...all will be better soon. Nancy

  4. Merry Christmas Nancy, I hope you're having a fun one and are feeling good!

  5. That tree s gorgeous!!! Picture postcard perfect xx