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Femeroacetabular Impingement

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 21:50

Time to check back in folks as I am having a shocker, a nightmarish scenario.

Now about 20 months post-op. Things had been going OK, went to see a new physio March, I had no pain, slight limp, and doing moderate exercise no running. He started strengthening further the muscle around my hip with squats. It worked, I had no pain, great ROM and was flabbergasted to gradually start gentle running again.

About 2 months ago whilst doing a strengthening squat I felt a tear. Not for 1 minute did  consider it to be a labral retear, and thought it was a smallish groin strain. After rest was able to get back to gentle painfree running. Only to slightly reinjure it in very innocuous fashion about 4 times since,walking up stairs etc.

This week the pain has shot up and is very similar to the type and location of pain prior to FAI surgery. I now understand this to be a retear of the cartilage. Am gutted.

I went private for my op. I can't afford to do that again. Am frankly devastated. Spent over 6k only to be 20 months later be back where I started. Now have pain, back to no activity/diminished quality of life, waiting lists, funding issues with NHS to deal with. I can't believe this.

Any thoughts all welcome.

Rebecca, you have been through the mill many times over. What does your surgeon say?


Femeroacetabular Impingement

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 20:45

Rebecca - the re-tear, do you remember an 'incident' where this might have happened and what was it, or was it a retear that just seems to have happened under normal activities?

Femeroacetabular Impingement

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 22:23

that is despearate Rebecca but I hope things will begin to go in the right direction for you. Sorry for the pain you are in.

I am OK. Had a good January, virtually no pain, slight limp vanished, was walking freely for first time in a year and had cardio through cycling back. All was well.

Then I upped my cycling from 40 miles to a 70 mile blast and the next day some discomfort came back and 3 weeks later hasn't gone again.

Strange thing is the discomfort is over my greater trochanter - I never had any pain here, and not where it was previously (mostly down the groin) Slight limp now also makes a reappearance.

Discomfort in unoperated side slightly going up and will need done at some point

Femeroacetabular Impingement

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 21:08

Rebecca, that is such rotten, rotten misfortune.

At least you have got answers.

I really can't advise about possible removal of cartilage though if it were my body I would be very cautious, surely some cartilage better than none? I would recommend more research on your part. I sometimes think surgeons see things in black and white, but its your body.

Sorry can't be of more help, except to say I hope to purchase this book 'the entrepreneurial patient' by Anna Thomas; all to do with being an FAI victim.

Best Wishes

Femeroacetabular Impingement

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 22:06

Shame Rebecca, hope you get some answers from your scan.

Miami Mike, I (partially) took your advice, and after a few days rest and core work, decided this time I would try exercise bike, though no running, as a way back into activity. Have done this x5 weekly past 2 weeks and the hip is coping I would say! Have graded up resistance so this eve did an hour burning 620 cals - not a bad work out at times pretty stiff resistance and lovely to have sweaty cardio back in my life! Pray it remains.

Have to stretch extensively before and after. The limp slightly returns after, slight twinges of pain, so not perfect.

I figure another few sessions of this to strengthen and waken up hip then I try short light running again.

My hunch- I will be able to cope with cycling (which I would take!) but am less sure of running ability, there is a general feeling of lack of nimbleness in hip.

why won't my groin adductor injury heal??

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 21:50

Justin C,

If your consultant is noticing hip problems but saying just ignore then he is burying the head in the sand.

He may be thinking you have Femoroacetabular impingement which an Xray ultimately diagnoses as it is a bony protusion which rubs against the hip socket cartilage/labrum.

There is a wealth of knowledge and experience on the Femoroacetabular impingement thread...if this is what your consultant suspects but you need to confirm it from him first.

Femeroacetabular Impingement

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 17:29

sorry, reminiscent of the groin pain I felt when I tried to run PRE - op , that should read

Femeroacetabular Impingement

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 17:28

Now 1 year post op. Having spent a lot of time on exercises for strengthening core and using hip flexor stretching exercises which seemed to virtually eliminate my slight limp, decided I was ready to try small bits of running.

Twice now have done 5x2 mins run/walk.

But later on in the day I feel a return of groin pain reminiscent of the groin pain I felt when I tried to run post-op.

Any thoughts/similar experiences/tips??



Femeroacetabular Impingement

Posted: 04/12/2013 at 02:25

Be careful Triple! I am doing those exercises at 11 and a half months post-op when I'm trying to sort the last pieces of the jigsaw and I think am otherwise well healed from surgery!

Remember building your core and glutes remains very important also!


Avoiding depression while injured

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 19:15

Hello Miss Spaghett, I have been injured from running since July 2011 and so feel your pain and frustration.


A few thoughts.

You have longstanding depression/anxiety and relatively recently you have discovered something (ie running) which alleviates your problems - a godsend! Therefore the natural thing to think is that you must do more and more of this new godsend. WRONG! Running/exercise, like everything else in life is not to be abused. It is something which is to be nurtured which means doing other less attractive and boring things to bring the running forward. This means not overdoing it, focusing on strengthening programmes and exercises like pilates and bridges for core, clams for glutes. And any increase in running should be done very gradually and with care. DO NOT TAKE IT FOR GRANTED or you risk your body and therefore your overall wellbeing. I learn't the hard way. I suspect you have gone gung-ho on the running front running from your demons, but you must run smart and sort out a sensible programme, especially as you are new to it.

A sensible programme can also involve I session swimming, a session on exercise bike, couple sessions on core - core is MASSIVE for wellbeing and reducing risk of injury. Another session can be running on grass to minimize impact on knees.

A sensible and tailored running programme also allows you not to put all your coping strategies for everyday life/good mental health into the one basket-ie becoming overly dependent on exercise to deliver mental stability. As other have said, you should also allow time for other important things in life- seeing family, work, even diy/domestic chores. Exercise IS important for good mental health, but exercise is only 1 important part of the jigsaw, and can become a problem in itself if you focus too much on it to detriment of other things

But not being able to run at all at the mo sucks, but life is one big adjustment. Now is a good time to learn pilates exercises, start a core programme, can u swim? You will be stronger when you get back to running.

I went off on one there, but good luck!


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