Femoroacetabular Impingement

Many femoroacetabular impingement conditions can be treated through conservative methods, but some may require surgery to effectively relieve pain and restore function to the joint. Your doctor will decide which type of treatment is best for you after a thorough evaluation of your condition. Contact Us Today

Femoroacetabular Impingement in Wayne, NJ

Femoroacetabular Impingement is a condition that directly impacts the hip joint. This condition causes pain and even limits joint movement, making walking, jogging, and other motions challenging and uncomfortable. At High Mountain Orthopedics, our expert team of joint specialists provides both surgical and non-surgical options for those seeking diagnosis and relief across Wayne, NJ.

What is Femoroacetabular Impingement?

Femoroacetabular impingement, more commonly known as FAI, is a condition that affects several individuals. The hip is a ball-and-socket joint that connects the femur to the larger pelvic bone. When FAI occurs, bone spurs grow around the joint and cause damage to the cartilage that’s responsible for frictionless hip movement. This abnormal contact can lead to tears in the labrum (fibrocartilage) and articular cartilage breakdown over time. There are two main types of FAI:

Cam Impingement

Cam impingement occurs when the femoral head is deformed and unable to rotate smoothly inside the socket. When this happens, a bump appears on the edge of the femoral head that degrades the cartilage inside the joint.

Pincer Impingement

Pincer impingement occurs when the extra bone protrudes out past the normal rim of the socket, and the labrum is crushed as a result of the extended perimeter.

Some patients may also suffer from a combination of both. Common symptoms associated with these conditions include:

  • Limping
  • Pain, often in the groin area
  • Stiffness

If you think you may be suffering from FAI, seek medical care immediately. Our team will perform an examination to determine which type of FAI you have and craft a personalized treatment plan.

Diagnosis and Treatment Options for FAI at High Mountain Orthopedics

Finding relief begins with a diagnosis from a medical professional. Our doctors will discuss your symptoms and concerns and make recommendations based on a thorough examination.  If the pain you’re experiencing is severe, you may be given a local anesthetic for your exam. Here is what most patients can expect from the diagnostic process:

  • X-ray: Imaging allows your doctor to get a clear view of the bone and determine if there are any abnormalities.
  • CT scan: A CT scan provides a more in-depth image of the issue, so your doctor can better understand your condition.
  • MRI scan: MRIs are used to identify damage to the surrounding tissue as well as the labrum in your hip. Your doctor may also use dye to get a clearer image of the area and be better able to assess the extent of the damage.

FAI can be treated both surgically and non-surgically. If the extent of the impingement is stiffness and inflammation, you may be prescribed medication. Physical therapy may also be recommended to strengthen the joint and restore movement in the hip.

If there is a tear in the labrum or a bone spur has grown, surgical options may be recommended. Our board-certified surgeons are experts in minimally invasive arthroscopic surgeries and open surgical procedures. Surgical options allow us to shave excess bone growth down to prevent further friction and repair any damage.

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FAI is a highly treatable condition — let us provide the care you need. At High Mountain Orthopedics, we’re proud to offer advanced surgical and non-surgical treatment options for patients throughout Wayne, NJ. Get started by contacting us for an appointment today.

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