The experienced physicians at TriHealth Orthopedic & Sports Institute and Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine offer patient-centered care to relieve your hip pain. If you experience Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) we offer a many treatment options designed specifically for you. From physical therapy to the latest arthroscopic surgical techniques, our highly specialized orthopedic team provides comprehensive treatment options to fit your needs and lifestyle.
Femoroacetabular impingement occurs when extra bony bumps or prominences form inside the hip joint. These can occur on the femur (thigh bone) or acetabulum (pelvic socket). These bony bumps can cause the bones to impinge, or contact, each other abnormally even in the normal hip range of motion. The impingement of the bones can damage the soft tissues of the hip joint, such as the labrum and cartilage. Over time, this can lead to osteoarthritis of the hip, even at a young age.
FAI can occur due to multiple factors, including genetics, abnormal hip development during childhood and adolescence, or exposure to certain activities or sports. For instance, football players, dancers and hockey goalies all have increased rates of specific forms of FAI.
For some individuals, FAI may never cause any symptoms, or in others may lead to problems such as:
If FAI causes painful symptoms or complications, you may need treatment such as:
Family history of FAI or early progression to arthritis and certain sport activities are thought to be risk factors for developing FAI, although research remains ongoing to understand the exact role that these and other factors may play.
It may not be possible to prevent the underlying bony deformity that causes FAI, but maintaining excellent hip and core strength, as well as avoiding heavy deep squatting activities, may help prevent a hip with FAI from becoming painful and symptomatic.
Learn more about the cause of your hip pain. Make an appointment with an orthopedic specialist: Call TriHealth at 513 246 2300 or our orthopedic partner, Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, at 513 354 3700.