By 2009 and I had no sitting tolerance and little ability to walk for more than 10 mins. After seeing easily 20 experts over 6 years, I finally chanced upon a fantastic physio Louise Grant at Physiocure, Esporta in Leeds, Louise Grant suspected a hip labral tear caused by FAI hip impingement. Consequently I met my consultant and had several x-rays and an MRI arthogram and the evidence is there to see - bi lateral (both hips) femoral acetabular hip impingement, pincer type and this had also caused a labral tear within the hip socket.
I had a hip arthroscopy in July 2009 to reduce the pincer part of my hip socket and re-attach the torn labrum to the socket. This was done by UK FAI hip impingement expert Professor Ernest Schilders. I am 2 years post op with mixed results. However FAI hip impingement is currently in its infancy, though advancing daily and I feel sure I will be fixed. Treatment for femoral acetabular impingement (FAI) of the hip has advanced, even since my surgery. The knowledge, technology and experience is progressing daily, so I do believe my FAI hips will be fixed and if that is true, then so can yours... (Since writing this page 2 years ago I have had further surgery with a brilliant surgeon called Paul Jairaj from London Sports orthopaedics. Significantly better recovery and outcome than my first surgery. Paul Jairaj re-did my right hip and found scar tissue and a large missed cam, left by previous surgeon and then operated on my left. So far and touch wood I am doing well, though have been warned that I now have grade 3 arthritis in my right hip, so I suspect at some point in my life to need a total hip replacement.)
The full blown description of misdiagnosis over the years and my fai and labral tear symptoms, which you may be suffering yourself, click here:
Before I go, please be aware that these are only my opinions exacted from my experiences along the way and that I am ultimately a laymen, albeit a well read one!
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