Stop ignoring chronic hip pain 8/30

By Sports Medicine & Performance Center staff
Posted: August 31, 2016 - 7:44 AM

Do you have chronic hip pain? As Scott Mullen, MD, from the Sports Medicine & Performance Center explains, it may be more serious than you realize.

What is FAI?
FAI is a pre-arthritic condition that consists of osseous abnormalities, or bony bumps, on the acetabulum (pincer lesion) or the femoral neck (cam 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-percent return to their previous level of sport or activity.

 Listen to Dr. Mullen discuss an instance of FAI in a 19-year-old volleyball player.

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