Assessing hip pain: Could it be femoroacetabular impingement?

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Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) refers to an abnormal contact of the head of the femur and the acetabular rim of the hip socket. The resulting friction from the abnormal contact causes pain and a limitation in functional abilities.1 The orthopedic community has identified a relationship between FAI and osteoarthritis.2,3
If left untreated, FAI can lead to degenerative joint disease of the hip and impingement symptoms, which may affect quality of life. This article reviews the recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of FAI.
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