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:

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Hip arthroscopy for hip impingement - prehabilitation

If ever you wondered what your physio/PT should be doing when preparing you for a hip arthroscopy for hip impingement, then read on and find out.
Louise Grant, hip specialist physio/PT, has just had an article published in Fitpro magazine, Spring 2016, titled Exercise as medicine: prehabilitation for hip surgery patients and its a fascinating read. Access the full magazine on iPhone via the FitPro app at fitpro.com/app or download from FAI hip experts Physiocure here: http://www.physiocure.org.uk/news.php



  1. Hi ,I'm Stephen I have been searching for other patients or ex on FAI ,labral Tear and found your interesting blog.I'm not sure if it's still active but only way to find out is to write to you.I have battled with hip FAI and labral tear for nearly 2 years.Are the any activist or campaignerstwhile out there for support and advise in living with this condition.I would be grateful to hear from you or anyone to chat about this subject.I live and work in Oxford Uk

  2. Sorry for the delay in replying. Please come and join the 'hip impingement awareness FAI' site on facebook Stephen, There are over 4000 members now and also 2 advising FAI surgeons, FAI physios and a wealth of experience and advice.

  3. Hello. My name is lily, I am 26 years old and considering arthroscopy on my hip. In May of 2016 I had to leave my job as a dance teacher bc of severe hip/back/butt pain. The pain journey started when I was on my college dance team in 2011. I was diagnosed with sciatica. Since then it's been on going pain and missed diagnoses, wide range of therapies and treatments. The pain got worse over the years as I continued to teach dance. Finally it got so severe- I stopped everything. I haven't danced or done physical activity since last May. In December my pt sent me to a physio. I had the MRI and was diagnosed with a labral tear. I had so much other muscular stuff going on on my right side that I wanted to be clear where the pain was coming from before I went ahead with the hip surgery. After numerous dry needling- I've been able to get most of the muscular stuff under control- although still have issues. I still have debilitating pain in my right hip- Sitting is the worst. I just saw another hip surgeon who said if he did the surgery he would repair the labrum and sculpt the head of the femur. I feel deep down that I need to do the surgery- although I am terrified. What if it doesn't work? Any advice greatly appreciated