Hip Impingement (Femoroacetabular Impingement)

When the ball of the hip joint (femoral head) rubs against the cup of the hip (acetabulum), this is referred to as a hip impingement or femoroacetabular impingement (FAI). Damage to the surrounding cartilage (labrum) can cause hip stiffness and pain, which in turn can lead to arthritis.

Symptoms of Hip Impingement (Femoroacetabular Impingement)
Pain or stiffness in the hip, groin or thigh.
A physical exam is often followed by X-rays and MRI scans to diagnose hip impingement and evaluate the soft tissue in the hip.
As the first line of treatment, you may be prescribed rest, activity modification, anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy. If conservative treatments do not alleviate the pain, surgery may be required to repair the damaged portion of the hip joint or to improve the abnormal shape of the hip joint. 

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