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Hip pain?

Updated: Mar 20

It could be Femoroacetabular impingement Syndrome (FAIS)

Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome (FAIS) is a condition affecting the hip joint. It is

commonly seen in the active population, particularly people who play high impact sports such as football or basketball. FAIS is associated with changes in the shape of your hip joint which may lead to changes in the surrounding soft tissue structures due to repetitive impingement of the hip over time. However, these changes are not always associated with FAIS and many individuals may have these changes and experience no symptoms. Therefore, an individual requires the following to be diagnosed with FAIS; 1. Symptoms of FAIS (i.e., pain around the hip and groin), 2. Signs of FAIS (e.g.,reduced hip strength and range of movement, and pain when the hip is flexed and turned inward)and 3. Positive imaging findings (changes in the hip structure which are usually seen on X-ray).

It is important to identify patients with FAIS as they are likely to develop early onset of hip

osteoarthritis (OA) which can lead to further pain and disability. Current best care for patients with FAIS includes screening for functional impairments and treating them accordingly. Patients with FAIS can have reduced hip movement (which is associated with poorer outcomes), reduced hip strength, trunk control and balance. A physiotherapy directed program (lasting at least 3 months) can help address these impairments and increase your chances of returning back to your chosen activity or sport. In some cases, a surgical opinion may be relevant to manage FAIS depending on the individual.

If you are an active individual who is experiencing hip pain, our physiotherapists in North Adelaide will be able to discuss your problem, and determine the potential cause for your hip pain. They will help develop a plan to address your physical impairments and aid your in your return to sport.

Written by Luke Chetcuti

Sports Physiotherapist

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