Femoroacetabular Impingement

Evidence is emerging that subtle abnormalities around the hip, resulting in femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), may be a contributing factor in some instances to osteoarthritis in the young patient. FAI is the abnormal contact or friction between the femoral neck/head (ball) and the acetabular margin (socket), causing tearing of the labrum and avulsion of the underlying cartilage region, continued deterioration, and eventual onset of arthritis. 


Nonsurgical treatment involves changes in activity, anti-inflammatories, and physical therapy.  Sometimes, an arthroscopic surgery can be done to repair damage to the hip labrum and remove the areas of friction between the ball and socket of the hip joint.