Hip Impingement Treated Near Manalapan, NJ

Female athlete with hip pain

Hip impingement—also known as femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)—is caused by an unusually shaped hip joint, which may be present at birth or develop during the early teenage years. As a result, the ball of the hip joint (femoral head) rubs against the walls of its socket (acetabulum), creating painful friction that limits motion and may hasten the onset of arthritis.

In many cases, the first sign of hip impingement is vague pain felt at the front of the hip or in the groin area, which may be mistaken for a pulled muscle or hernia. Additionally, stiffness and tightness often develop in the hip after extended sitting. It is important to seek medical attention for these symptoms. If hip impingement is left untreated, the excessive contact between the ball and socket will continue to weaken the rim of cartilage around the acetabulum (labrum), eventually causing it to tear.

The Diagnostic Process

When you turn to Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute (AOSMI), you can consult with experienced hip specialists at our state-of-the-art orthopedic center near Manalapan, New Jersey. Usually, we can diagnose hip impingement after reviewing the symptoms, performing a detailed physical examination, and evaluating imaging studies. In fact, the best tool for evaluating hip impingement is an X-ray.

Nonsurgical Treatment

Treatment for hip impingement usually begins conservatively. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and ultrasound-guided cortisone injections can help reduce painful inflammation, while physical therapy can help stabilize the hip joint and the lumbar spine. This approach may be sufficient to limit the abnormal contact between the femoral head and the acetabulum. However, if the symptoms persist or worsen, we may suggest a surgical procedure.

Surgical Treatment

To relieve severe pain and create sufficient clearance for the labrum, a surgeon may remove excess bone, then reattach the labrum to the acetabulum using anchors and surgical string. At the same time, the surgeon can eliminate the hip impingement by reshaping the bone. Hip impingement surgery is minimally invasive and can be performed arthroscopically. Immediately after hip arthroscopy, most patients begin performing passive range-of-motion exercises, then start a formal physical therapy program within approximately two weeks.

AOSMI Can Help

As AOSMI, we understand you have unique needs and deserve specialized treatment. Contact us to schedule an appointment with an orthopedic specialist at our office near Manalapan, NJ, where we can help you explore your treatment options for hip impingement.