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Physical Therapy for Hip FAI

If you have hip femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), then you understand how painful and debilitating the condition can be. Your hip pain from FAI can prevent you from enjoying your normal work or recreational activities.

There are two types of FAI: pincer or cam impingement. Both cause pain by compressing the side of the hip joint and the hip labrum, the small band of cartilage that courses around the hip socket.

Many patients who have hip FAI present with certain impairments. These may include:

  • Loss of hip range of motion

  • Decreased hip strength

  • Poor control of pelvic position

  • Impaired balance and proprioception

Everyone is different, and each person with FAI presents differently. That’s why it is so important to get an individualized physical therapy assessment if you have FAI. Your PT can measure your mobility, and he or she can prescribe the right FAI exercises for your condition.

If you are experiencing hip pain, you should visit your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis. Conversely, you can check in with your physical therapist at Capital Region Physical Therapy to get checked out. Doing the right things early after onset of hip pain from FAI can help you quickly get rid of your pain and get you back to your normal activities.


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