Do you have chronic hip pain? As Scott Mullen, MD, from the Sports Medicine and Performance Center explains, it may be more serious than you realize.
What is FAI?
Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is a pre-arthritic condition that consists of osseous abnormalities, or bony bumps, on the acetabulum (pincer lesion) or the femoral neck (can lesion). These bony bumps collide and pinch the labrum, which leads to tearing and pain.
Who most commonly suffers from FAI?
FAI typically presents in young men, teens to 30 years old, with a femoral bump and 30- to 40-year-old women with a bump on the acetabulum. It is also identified in teenage females who have persistent groin pain with an acetabulum bump. However, it can be seen in men and women from the early teenage years to 60 years old.
What is the treatment for FAI?
These bony lesions and labral tears can be treated with hip arthroscopic surgery to shave down the bony bumps and repair or replace the labrum. Patients' hip scores usually improve from 50 to 90 after surgery, and many achieve more than 85% return to their previous level of sport or activity.