While hip pain is very common and can be caused due to various reasons, hip impingement is a serious issue and must be attended to on time. Hip impingement is found among kids as well as adults, and its severity depends on various factors.
Here in this article, we aim to provide a complete overview of hip impingement and how you can avail of the best services related to your hip problems.
What is it?
Hip impingement or scientifically called Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), is a condition where the top of your thigh bone (femoral head) rubs abnormally against the cut of the hip socket (acetabular socket). The thigh bone is connected to the pelvis, and this joint is called a ball and a socket joint.
In the case of hip impingement syndrome, the bones fail to function smoothly, and this creates a problem in walking and can lead to pain and swelling in the hip area.
If timely measures aren’t taken, the problem could become severe and could result in osteoarthritis of the hip.
Hip impingement syndrome is commonly found among people around and above the age of 40 years. They are most of two types. The first one is caused when the ball changes its shape and appears more oval than round, further causing friction with the cup; the other is in which the cup changes its shape and covers the femur (thigh bone head) to cause friction.
Patients often undergo lots of discomfort and pain in the case of a Hip Impingement, and thus treatment for hip impingement becomes essential.
Mostly the cause of this syndrome is natural. It is the deformity in either the shape of the femoral head or the socket.
A change in the shape of the Femur is called a cam impingement, and a change in the socket’s shape is called pincer impingement. In some cases, both the femur and the socket are shapelessly aggravating the seriousness of the problem.
Another reason for the syndrome could be Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, in which there is inadequate blood circulation to the femoral ball, and the bone subsequently dies of insensitivity.
CoxaVara disorder could also lead to Hip impingement, which is very common among children. In this condition, the ball grows away from the joint, causing further medical issues. The slipped capital femoral epiphysis is a similar condition, but in it, the ball separates from the socket, which could cause hip impingement syndrome among obese kids.
Most people do not observe any serious symptoms in the first few months. They aggravate slowly as the disease gets rooted in.
Some of the common symptoms could include stiffness in the hip and thighs. Flexibility in the hip will reduce slowly and will further cause difficulty in bending and moving around. Exercises like cycling and jogging will turn into painful tasks.
Most patients experience mild to severe pain in the groin, hip, and lower back. As the severity of the syndrome increases, everyday tasks like tying shoes or riding a back could become tougher.
In case of any such symptoms, you must take some expert help. We at Saqsham Ortho guarantee diagnosis and treatment for hip impingement.
A proper diagnosis procedure is undertaken in order to understand the problem related to your hips. If your hip impingement remains undetected, it can cause several issues in the future, like cartilage damage and osteoarthritis.
It is highly recommended by our professionals to follow a set of guidelines and to undergo various tests and diagnoses to come to a solid conclusion.
X-ray: X-rays are taken and studied to understand the dislocation of the socket or the femur ball. They can help by detecting any kind of irregularity in the shapes of these two parts.
MRI: MRI can detect muscle damage and the range of friction that is caused in these two parts. They determine the swollen zones, and we further recommend drugs and injections to suit your situation. MRI can study the tissues and can help us determine the true cause of hip impingement and the extent of its severity.
Computed Tomography (CT Scan): They can help understand the complete joint structure. In case of any irregularities, CT scans can come handy.
Diagnosis not only helps to determine the cause but also the extent of the severity of the conditions. Based on this diagnosis, we recommend further hip impingement treatment to the patients.
We usually recommend treatments that do not involve any kind of surgery. We often suggest proper rest and medications before getting into the surgeries. Hip impingement must be treated at the right time, and we ensure that it is treated thoroughly.
The condition can be treated using non-surgical methods, but it usually takes longer to be healed completely. Proper rest and anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving drugs are suggested. Physiotherapy is an essential component of the nonsurgical method of treatment.
Physiotherapy is suggested by professionals, and in most cases, we undertake it under expert supervision. Thus, you can rest assured of its results.
But in case of severe hip impingement issues, we recommend surgeries. Hip impingement treatment can be tricky at times. Thus, we ensure it is undertaken by the experts only. Surgery is undertaken through an arthroscopy.
The surgery mainly involves small incisions, and a light scope is inserted. In this case, as the severity of the surgery isn’t that great, the patient can go home on the very same day. But aftercare is suggested.
In case of severe cartilage damage, we recommend a hip replacement. The severity of the cartilage damage is only prone to increase with time, and thus, we suggest a complete hip replacement surgery. The surgery, in this case, could be comparatively critical and will take longer to heal.
At Saqsham Ortho, we provide all the services to resolve your orthopaedic problems. Be sure to contact us in case of further details. If you are experiencing any hip-related issues, book an appointment and do get the best solutions.