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, 14 March 2010

Hip CLUNK and the pain is gone?

Well the weirdest thing happened to my right hip last night. As I was standing, I shifted my weight slightly, my right foot slightly back of my left and there was an enormous CLUNK in the back of my right hip, that took my breath away. It was quite painful, but no sooner had the pain registered, than it was gone. Then nothing different until I lay down....
When I lay down the deep pain that is always in my right buttock had disappeared?????????? I was midnight, I was shattered, but lay there, suddenly wide awake and unable to sleep for an hour waiting for the pain to return.
Normally the pain is instant at worst and seconds to a minute away at best. After an hour I got a vague itchy, uncomfortable sensation, so I turned over onto my front, not wishing to push my luck!
I still woke in the morning with some hip pain (either arthritis or muscle fatigue pain is my conclusion with the achy side of night pain) But the urgent gotta tilt away from my right buttock, or change position because of a deep bum pain was gone.... after years, gone??????
This morning, still gone?! I've been laying on the bed, flat on my back/bum watching the clock testing it.. what the hell???????????
Still had some sitting pain at breakfast.. but no laying pain... how, whats happened?? One huge audible CLUNK and something has really shifted somehow.. but how? What? Where? WTF?????


  1. I always mention here that it may be possible to depict every emotion through words, through phrases but its almost impossible to express pain, sadness! When one is happy, the smile becomes bigger, turns into laughter, eyes start shining and face starts glowing but does the same happens when there is pain in someone’s heart? Color of tears don’t change, eyes fail to express the pain and at times, face shows nothing compared to what’s hidden in the heart! Yes, its almost very much not possible to express pain via anything. Yet, at times one encounters some words, few lines which come very close to express that pain as much realistically as possible! Its a tough, very tough task to do if you ask me but still, at times, some things make you pause for a moment and force you to think.

  2. Hey Louisa - how strange with the "Clunk"! I hope the pain still hasn't come back for you. I have had a bit of a rough time after screw removal surgery at the start of Sept & only just getting into physio now and getting back into updating my blog. I have deep buttock pain the troubles me mainly at night and when I have been on my feet a lot & my physio thinks the main cause of this is my hamstring & we are starting to see some results working on it. I am just updating my blog at the moment so if you have time have a catchup :)

    Really hope that whatever shifted to stop the pain stays put! Good luck :)

  3. sadly came back after 24 hrs or so... but surely its a clue to something that it can just disappear like that??? though this week beeb generally better, even started to think I might just be healed one day!!?
    Will swing by yours, I have been told I have a hammy complication, inflammation where it meets the ischial sit bone, perhaps it's the effect of crappy hips.. I know from reading other blogs we are far from alone in the sitting/laying pain. Thanks for reading!