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, 16 February 2014

FAI Hip Awareness forum, help and advice site - new surgeon and PT/physio joining.

Just to update... Our help and support FAI Hip impingement forum on facebook has a new surgeon, Bart Eastwood from the USA. He joins a small team of FAI hip surgeons, Giles Stafford and Simon Garrett, both UK FAI Hip surgeons, who generously share their time and knowledge to help FAI patients online.

Also a new PT, Stephanie Di Stasi from the US and Physio Amir Taklar from Australia, joining Louise Davies - Grant from the UK, to help FAI hip impingement patients, on the same FAI Awareness site. Louise, Stephanie and Amir are all recognised by ISHA (International Society for Hip Arthroscopy).

If you need advice, help, support or just a hippy natter, then please come join us on facebook.  The group is securely closed, so only fellow FAI Hip Awareness members can see your posts onsite.

Hip Impingement (FAI) Awareness: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FAIhip/


  1. Excellent Post, Thank for sharing! Definitely a blog worth revisiting, looking forward to your next post!

  2. 4 months ago I was playing basketball and I dislocated my hip. It was the most painful thing I've ever experienced. I was taken to the hospital to have it put back into place. I was on crutches for 2 months and had to go through a lot of therapy. The physiotherapy was very helpful in my recovery process. http://www.coronationphysio.ca/Our-Services/a~1451/article.html