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.

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Friday, 22 July 2011

Hip Injections for hip labral tears and hip impingement (MRI ARTHOGRAMS and STEROID INJECTIONS)

Had bi lateral hip injections this morning, anesthetic (good bit) and steroids injected into both hips. I can honestly say I had a more painful blood test yesterday, hand on heart.
I'd just say that hip injections either for MRI- arthograms or steroids are more intimidating because of the setting, all the shiny steel objects. The overhead x-rays and TV screen with your live x-ray hip on and the fact that there were several staff in lead outfits, if you're already nervous, then this setting alone can increase your heart rate!

However, I had a jovial consultant radiologist, who explained every action, making the odd joke and lovely nurses to hold my hand. Its the idea of a needle going into your hip socket that is terrifying. There was a 'tiny' pinch feeling as the needle pierces the actual hip capsule, but seriously nothing like my blood test yesterday.
Keep in mind that there are 'very few' nerve endings in the hip socket... so the sensation is kind of woolly and distant, you are aware something is happening, but nothing sharp or sudden. Piecing your finger tip, with all its nerve endings would sooner have me run a mile on the pain stakes.

I think back on how I was almost not diagnosed with a hip labral tear and hip impingement altogether, just because of my fear of needles and the sound of an MRI arthogram. I am a true fainting, scardey-cat, so if I can do it and come out smiling, you can!

Below is a video of a hip steroid injection. Looks 'way' worse than it feels, but if you're just one of those people that feels the need to see for yourself first, then here it is. I asked if I could film my hip steroid injections today, but whilst the consultant would have been willing, hospital policy wouldn't allow, so this is the best I could do "a short clinical video tutorial on how to administer a hip steroid shot" Forward the video to 5 mins in, as the first example is a shoulder shot.
Note these ARE NOT my hairy legs!