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:

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Final consultation with Professor Schilders over disappointing outcome.

The meeting was very disappointing, because I can't progress if my consultant will not accept that my continued pain maybe down to remaining impingement of some kind. I held my consultant in such high esteem prior to surgery.

I am reluctant to go elsewhere for geographical reasons, as I find it hard to sit to travel still, but despite this, this last meeting had me leave thinking I have to get another opinion.

I think my protracted case may need another eye cast upon it and I have asked to be referred on because I believe, based on my symptoms and scan, that I have continuing impingement, whether that be remaining bony impingement, or scar tissue, I do not know.
I am also concerned about the extent of the retroversion, that caused the pincer impingement, been a significant issue in itself.

Not the hip journey I expected to be documenting...

Onwards and upwards then!


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  2. Thanks everyone for your comments thru the FAI link to my blog, it really does help to have support. I'm fine now, have recovered from the shock of the meeting :)

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  4. Thanks Debbie, much appreciated.. hope you're coming along better too?

  5. I had the 3D scan done and both doctors have used it to really work through more or less the bone layout of the hips. The arthrogram really is the only real gague of what is going on in there aside from cutting you open! I am so sad to hear how things have been going and miss chatting with you. I stopped by to let you know I am having my right hip done this Thursday ... I started a new blog up for this one. http://platterpussfai2.blogspot.com/

    This one is closer to yours since they will be anchoring and not debriding. Reading your results I am really scared !