Femoroacetabular impingement or FAI is an under-diagnosed condition in young and middle aged adults where groin pain is a common complaint. FAI is due to a mismatch between the shape of the femoral head or ball and the acetabulum or socket. Frequently, FAI is associated with a labral tear. The labrum surrounds the cup and creates a deeper, more stable socket for the femoral head. Most people note that the pain in the groin is worse with getting in and out of a vehicle and after sitting for long periods. Many people can have this condition treated with an outpatient, arthroscopic procedure to have the labrum repaired and the bones reshaped.

 

Parminder S. Kang, M.D.

 

 

 

Below is an article addressing Femoroacetabular Impingement that appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of WomensCare (issue 57): Alternative Bearing Surface-Oxynium

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