What Can I Do About Hip Impingement?

Do you have pain in your hip? Has it been bothering you for a while now? Are you an athlete? Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI), otherwise known as ‘Hip’ impingement, is an abnormal bone growth which develops around the hip joint. This extra bone can cause abnormal contact and friction preventing the joint from moving smoothly and freely during activity. Hip impingement is usually without symptoms for many years. After a while, stiffness and pain in the groin, or front of the thigh, may be felt and is often the first symptom to present.

It is believed that the average person may develop ‘bumps’ around the head of the femur, (thigh bone) or around the socket itself. These symptoms could potentially result in FAI. The depth of the sockets may also be a factor, due to how people are structurally built and their individual bone development. There is a correlation between a high volume of impact activities during adolescence and the occurrence of FAI. Multiple studies have found a high prevalence of FAI in elite football, ice hockey, basketball and soccer players.

Common symptoms may include:

  • Pain in or around the hip and groin, this pain will come and go with certain activities, increasing in frequency overtime.
  • Hip pain which increases during physical activity or long periods of sitting.
  • Stiffness in the hip.
  • Pain may also be reported in the thigh, back or buttock.

What Can I Do About It?

There are multiple types of hip impingement, as well as the accompanying symptoms. Your practitioner will conduct a thorough assessment, to determine your specific condition. By observing how you walk, analysing your posture and performing specific joint assessments, they are able to determine which muscles are contributing to this issue. Regions above and below the hip will also be assessed as these can be contributing to the condition. In some cases it is beneficial to have a scan to specifically determine what is occurring in the hip joint, so the correct and appropriate treatment may be applied.

Treatment methods may consist of:

  • Soft tissue massage
  • Dry needling
  • Contract/relax stretching
  • Joint mobilisation
  • Corrective exercises

FAI can be treated with Myotherapy and Physiotherapy We would love to be a part of your journey to provide you with pain relief and allow you to get back to the activities you love. Call 03 9894 2463 and book a hip assessment with one of our team!

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Bree BrittBree Britt
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Mehar was fabulous! Not only was she warm, welcoming and funny, but professional and thorough.From the moment I walked in I felt well supported. She was able to identify what was going on, factoring in older ailments, and provide me with a treatment plan and options.Her focus was on sustainable changes and support moving forward, and I had a written plan and clear explanations and clarifications on everything. I never felt like she was encouraging me to need to come back unnecessarily.It took a few visits, and each time was met with the same warmth and professionalism. I got consistent progress and feel so much better now, even though it's a few months on from when I last saw her.It's very clear she is wonderful at what she does, thinks about the whole person and I would definitely recommend her to others considering needing podiatry support.
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The whole client therapist experience has been amazing. My Myotherapist provided me with a detailed plan to ensure my progress to meet my goals as well as addressing my issues of pain.Each follow up session is reviewed, discussed and any changes added/deleted or modified.The timely reminders and follow up from the clinic and experience with the Client Experience Officers have been always polite and friendly.
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