What Is Hip Impingement?

Are you new to the topic of hip impingement?

Hip Impingement, or femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), can in simple terms be described as a person having extra bone protruding from the hip socket or on the neck between the ball and the femur. The extra bone creates friction in the joint and tears of the labrum, a type of cartilage that coats the hip socket. With time, the cartilage gets worn, arthritis develops and the joint space narrows.

The three arrows show CAM impingement. Image is from The Entrepreneurial Patient: A Patient's Guide to Hip Impingement where it was reprinted with the permission from the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Am.

The three arrows show pincer impingement. Image is from The Entrepreneurial Patient: A Patient's Guide to Hip Impingement where it was reprinted with the permission from the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Am.

In very simple terms, these are the basics of hip impingement. However, there are secondary conditions associated with hip impingement and additional types of less common impingement. Finding the right doctor, someone who is very specialized and specifically trained to treat the condition, is crucial. Patients should arm themselves with information to make sure they receive the right treatment and can ask the right questions.

My book The Entrepreneurial Patient: A Patient's Guide to Hip Impingement is a good starting point for learning about the different aspects of hip impingement, from hip anatomy, through the diagnostic process to treatment and rehabilitation. The book provides a foundation, explanation of concepts and a list of questions to ask your doctor, as well as my personal story and very practical tips for managing. This blog augments the book. I blog about topics that I find  relevant for hip impingement patients to keep going and getting the help they deserve.

You can read more on my website www.theentrepreneurialpatient.com. The Entrepreneurial Patient: A Patient's Guide to Hip Impingement is available both as hard copy and as e-book on the iBookstore for iPad/iPhone as well as for Amazon Kindle and Nook etc.

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