Hip Impingement

About Hip Impingement

Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
Hip impingement is a condition where the bones of the hip do not fit together perfectly. They rub against each other resulting in the development of bone spurs and damage to the joint, causing pain and, potentially, other hip problems. Femoroacetabular impingement occurs because the hip bones do not form normally during the growing years and there is little that can be done to prevent it. Because athletically active people with impingement may work the hip joint more vigorously, they may experience pain earlier than those who are less active. However, exercise does not cause impingement. Patients may complain of groin pain, weakness, or a feeling that their hip is “locking” or “catching”.

Nonsurgical treatment may include lifestyle changes, the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy. If there is joint damage and the pain is not relieved by nonsurgical treatment, many impingement problems can be treated with arthroscopic surgery.

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