About Femoroacetabular Impingement


Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) is a condition in which the bones of the hip pinch in ways that they should not due to normal daily or athletic activities.  This abnormality leads to pinching or impingement between the bones of the joint, which can be painful and cause tearing of  the hip labrum and damage to the joint cartilage.


Diagnosing FAI


Symptoms of FAI include pain, stiffness, and a limited range of motion that can result in limping. Pain is often dull and felt in the groin or the outside of the hip. Turning, twisting, and squatting may cause a sharp pain.


Other types of impingement also exist but are rare.  These include subspinus, ischiofemoral, and trochanteric or extraarticular impingement.  Surgeons at OSMC have considerable experience in these less common forms of impingement as well.

In order to confirm FAI, you will need to see a doctor. Your doctor will perform clinical examination testing and likely obtain an X-ray or MRI to identify the

cause of your symptoms.


Treatment Options


The first course of treatment typically includes activity changes, rest, and over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen. Your doctor may also recommend physical therapy.


If symptoms are severe or persistent, surgery may be necessary. Most cases of FAI can be treated with a minimally invasive arthroscopic procedure. Your surgeon will discuss the proper procedure with you.


Schedule a Consultation With OSMC


OSMC’s physicians are experienced with hip injuries and conditions that cause pain in the hip. If you think you may have FAI, it is important to schedule a consultation with a physician to diagnose and assess your condition. To schedule your consultation, click here.