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, 15 August 2013

Best FAI hip surgeons - US, UK, Worldwide Map

Map of the best fai hip surgeons worldwide.

The best hip consultants map locates and gives details of the very best hip impingement surgeons around the world. These FAI surgeons are listed because they are world renown, established and proven top FAI hip impingement surgeons... or because their names have repeatedly come up in a very positive light, with frequent good outcomes, on the FAI hip pain Awareness forum  https://www.facebook.com/groups/FAIhip/  
Best hip impingement surgeons listed with a blue pointer.

Also listed are a number of FAI physiotherapists, who are also specialists in FAI rehabilitation. Currently there are not many PTs trained to even recognise FAI, but the ones we have so far are listed, with pink pointers, have vast experience with FAI hip impingement muscular issues and rehabilitation.

Also included are a number of hospitals/clinics, who support 3T dGEMRIC scanners. These scanners are the most advanced that the medical profession have to offer.  They can be a key tool in hip arthroscopy patients, as one of the major factors to cause a hip arthroscopy to fail is inadequate cartilage. 
X-rays and standard MRIs are proficient in showing up cartilage QUANTITY. 
However the 3T dGEMRIC MRI, is the first scanner able to map cartilage QUALITY. Anyone questioning the integrity of their cartilage, may want to ask for one of these scans, before undergoing FAI surgery. Example of dGEMRIC image of a joint with good space, however where the image is yellow & red is where the cartilage, whilst good on x-ray, is of poor quality and can be a poor contraindication for a successful hip arthroscopy.

Click on this worldwide map of the best FAI hip surgeons, please click the icons to travel around the map to find the area, or surgeons you are interested in... if you also want an actual live review of a specific surgeon, then come the the Best FAI Hip Surgeons forum, link above. 


  1. Thank you so much for your blog! Almost certain this is my problem. Many experiences similar to yours. I live in the US and from your map, found a surgeon very near my home! My question: Do I contact the surgeon initially for a diagnosis, or do I likely need a referral? If so, what type of Dr. is proficient at diagnosis of FAI Hip Impingement?
    Thank you so much!!

  2. Tracy come join our support group 'FAI Awareness'. Its the fastest growing FAI support group, with a surgeon, a physio and pilates experts all on board.
    I am not sure how it works in the States, in the UK a GP referral is needed, it can sometimes be tricky, as they have little knowledge on FAI. Personally my physio spotted FAI as asked my GP, in a letter, to refer me to an FAI consultant and named who, to make sure I saw an FAI expert.
    There are lots and lots of American patients, come on site and we'll walk you through it. https://www.facebook.com/groups/FAIhip/ Best Wishes, Louisa

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