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Hip Impingement

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Your doctor says you have a femoracetabular impingement, or hip impingement. This condition, sometimes shortened to FAI, happens when hip bones develop slightly "off" during childhood. Especially if you're active, a hip impingement can cause damage that shouldn't be ignored. Our orthopedic specialists can assess the damage. An early exam can end pain and protect future use.

A hip impingement is a developmental condition that you probably won't know about until young or middle adulthood. Bones rub against each other, causing damage to the hip joint. It's common in sports that use repetitive hip rotations, like running. You can have three types of damage from a hip impingement: pincer, cam and combined. The kind of damage you're experiencing will direct the best course of action.