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:

Monday, 4 January 2010

hip arthroscoblah week blah?

Blah blah, bla bla bla hip pain blah, not bad blah blah... just seeing if anyone notices! Is there a key for giggling to myself?!
PS NO wine has passed my lips!
pps pics of offending GAP clothes.


  1. HHAHAHAHAHAHA know how you feel!! Happy new year Louisa!

  2. maybe not wine, but how about vodka/gin/brandy etc? Lol. How is it feeling after your gap adventure last week? Hopefully its settled down now and back on an upwards trend? When is your next follow up appt? xx

  3. It calmed down thanks Sam and was fine and in the last week done loads, but today zoomed right back, its not a straight line recovery at all! How are you?? ..and Jess Happy New yr!

  4. I am doing ok thanks Louisa, tried to drop my nighttime tramadol last night, big mistake and had a really rough night, so not doing that again in a hurry - didn't realise it was making such a difference really! Less than a week til my 6 week f/u now, can't wait to start WB. Has the hip settled a bit more now? Might not be a straight line recovery, but is it starting to head in an upwards direction more often than not? Sam xx ps. kiddies look very cute in the GAP gear

  5. You may feel like shit but at least your kids are really adorable in their GapWear ... Oh, I know, I'm not really making light of the situation, it sucks. Stupid question - what does your surgeon say about your lack of progress?