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:

Friday, 8 January 2010

hip arthroscopy recovery 6 months

This hip arthroscopy recovery is such a disappointment. A bad few days, after a good week!? Not sure what the problem is, I suppose I could be overdoing it! There's a surprise, seen as living like a normal person is considered overdoing it! Excuse my assumptions that LIVING might be ok to do SIX MONTHS post op.
Or it could be going back to the pool and doing the same intensity of exercise despite a 2 week break for a nasty cold? (pysio said I should've taipered down routine after 2 week break.
Or it could be that once again mercury is retrograde in Virgo? I'm now so bored of winging about my hip, I'm finding it quite hard to blog... 'how boring, she's still not recovered!'
I veer from its just I've been overdoing it, to my surgeon must have missed a bit or grade 2 arthritis maybe more of a threat to this recovering than predicted. I'd go on but I'm even boring myself.
I have currently pain in my groin, butt, side of hip and thigh - not sure which is direct socket pain or inflammation and also how much is resulting muscle spasm and or nerve pain.
Yours Annoyed.
ps Have worked out one defo pain trigger, pivoting when clothes shopping, I might as well play netball for the pain it can create.. what a bore!


  1. Louisa,

    When I was in having my hip scoped (Sept 09)there was a lady who was having Prof S scope her second hip,she had had her other one done 8 months previously for early Arthritis I think,(she was early 50s) and he had just admitted that had failed so had referred her for a resurfacing.I wondered if thats a possibility for you and if its been discussed? I have grade 2 Arthritis too and was under the impression thats not enough to cause such pain.I really wish I had kept in touch with that lady now as we got on great and would love to know how shes doing. When is your next appointment? Do you think you are any better at all than pre-op?
    Kate x
    Ps love the Gap clothes, kiddies look fab in them-well worth the stairs,lol.

  2. lol make that Sept 08, how time flies!

  3. I think I can tolerate stuff for longer and can sleep on my front but thats it. Though this is the worst flare I've had post op. Not sure when I see him next, he's really happy with the op..I wish I could say the same! My ROM is great though, but pain never far away. I was told grade 2 nothing, but I can't find a reason.
    Its as if I irritate it and that causes inflammation which cause my piriformis, , psoas, hammys to spasm and when really bad like now my QL and quads, but I looked up hip arthritis and thats the symptoms.
    dunno why all the spasms.. and all the PT, heat and exercises just keep it at bay for it to try catch me up again on another day/hour!

  4. Kate how are you now back on anti inflams?

  5. Slightly better thanks Louisa, but think its just being masked by the Fentanyl and paras.Physio said I have psoas bursitis and tendonitis and some muscles not firing so back waiting for more physio and poss steroid injection at next appointment-wondered if you would benefit from that too, might help settle everything down.
    Not much good Schilders being happy with the surgery if you're not!!
    Take care
    Kate x

  6. Funnily enough I'm fast coming to the conclusion I have the same thing if its not the capsule as its hot and a little clicky again. But in op he said my psoas was fine... then again he says everythings fine?!
    Whatever happened to SUe from Yorkshire?? DId my acquaintaince Nicky ever get in touch and PPLEASE TELL me if psoas inj hurts, cos the hammy on killed..also how do you get that what are the motions to evoke psoas trouble????
    Sorry bout all the Q's.

  7. must re read before post appauling typos!!!