Hip Impingement

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Hip impingement is also known as femoroacetabular impingement (FAI). Typically, the ball moves smoothly within the socket, but when there is trauma or repetitive damage, it can interfere with smooth motion and lead to hip impingement or FAI.

For people under the age of 40, hip impingement is considered a factor in developing hip osteoarthritis.

There are two leading causes of hip impingement:

  • Deformity of the cam impingement, which is the ball at the top of the femur.
    • When not shaped normally, the abnormal part of the head can get stuck in the socket when bending the hip.
    • It may occur during activities such as riding a bicycle or tying your shoes.
  • Deformity of the pincer impingement (socket).
    • When the front rim of the socket (acetabulum) protrudes, it can disrupt normal hip flexion movement.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Pain or stiffness in the groin or front of the thigh
  • Pain exacerbated by movement of the hip
  • Decreased range of motion in the hip

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