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, 12 September 2011

hip arthroscopy recovery exercises

Hip arthroscopy recovery/rehabilitation is heavily dependent on the correct exercises to regain strength, after surgery for FAI and labral tears. The 2 rehab programmes below are FAI recovery life savers!

Aqua exercises now available on this site at physiocure. Highly recommend aqua exercises, brings your hip strength back without having to weight bear and helps corrects gait after 6 weeks on crutches. Phased 1-4 especially for your recovery.


For regular hip arthroscopy rehab exercises I would also strongly recommend the Damian Griffin site, see link on this page here:




  1. Hi Louisa.
    Just googled FAI hip impingement due to possible diagnosis from my Physio this morning and come up with your blog.
    Very interested in everything you have been though and after some more information from you. Obviously its still early days for me as nothing definate has been diagnosed, and to be honest I have only suffered for 12months- started during pregnancy and has got gradually worse.
    Can I email you if poss?

  2. We have just launched a new hip arthroscopy guide for patients and therapists, available on our hip page. It is staged, with criteria to reach before more advanced exercises are attempted. It has tips for therapists in it and a patient record system so recovery can be documented by therapist and patient. We have looked at what research evidence is out there in hip rehab and audited our own rehab patients over two years. We hope it can help patients and be a guide for therapists who are not as familiar with treating patients who have undergone this surgery. www.physiocure.org.uk

  3. Arthroscopic surgeries for hip joints are very effective. Knee arthroscopy is also helps in accurate diagnosis and treatment of knee joint.