Understanding FAI (Femoro Acetabular Impingement)

Hip Pain & Hip Surgery Houston TXIf you are experiencing pain, stiffness, and limping due to discomfort in the hip area, it is essential that you seek the help of a dedicated professional in the area of Houston, TX. Dr. Mark Adickes, an orthopedic surgeon at Jock to Doc, can evaluate you and determine if you are dealing with a deformity known as FAI, or femoro acetabular impingement.

What is femoro acetabular impingement?

The best way for an orthopedic surgeon to describe femoro acetabular impingement is as a deformity of extra bone that grows in one or both of the bones that are present in the hip joint. Due to the irregular shape of the bones, they do not fit together perfectly in the socket of the joint and can cause rubbing during movement. This friction not only causes damage to the joint itself, but can limit one’s activity due to discomfort and stiffness.

What causes femoro acetabular impingement?

The bone overgrowth involved in this condition is often referred to as a bone spur. The extra bone in this area inhibits normal contact in the joint and can prevent it from moving as smoothly as it should during physical activity. In some instances, patients will end up dealing with a breakdown of the cartilage, which is a characteristic of osteoarthritis. It is believed that the condition is caused by poor development during the growing years of childhood, during which the hip bones do not form properly. While some patients live their life with bone spurs in the hip joint with no problems, others experience chronic pain.

What treatment is used for femoro acetabular impingement?

There are surgical and non-surgical solutions for this condition. Non-surgical options may include changes in your daily activity to avoid the movements that cause pain. Some patients may take over-the-counter or prescription strength anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain and inflammation. This may be done in conjunction with physical therapy. In serious cases, patients may ask their doctor about surgical treatment, typically performed via arthroscopic surgery. This reduces the size of the incision and allows the doctor to remove the excess bone and shave it down for smoother contact in the hip joint.

Speak to the team at Jock to Doc today to improve your quality of life!

Patients in the area of Houston, TX who are dealing with pain, discomfort, or reduced range of motion due to bone or muscle concerns are welcome to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Adickes of Jock to Doc to get a proper diagnosis and to get the treatment needed. The practice is located at 7200 Cambridge Street, Ste. 10A and can be reached by phone at (713) 986-6016.

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