How is Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) Treated?
Patients with FAI are potentially at risk for future joint damage. Seeking treatment as soon as symptoms appear has been shown to yield better long-term results, whether non-invasive or surgical.
Treatment varies depending on the severity of the diagnosis and the associated symptoms. Dr. Padalecki may recommend changing your daily routine and avoiding activities that cause symptoms if at all possible. The use of a combination of physical therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and rest will also help alleviate pain and stiffness.
In more chronic cases, surgery can be a viable option to relieve the symptoms that impact everyday activities. Dr. Padalecki utilizes an arthroscopic procedure to repair damage to the labrum and articular cartilage, which could include trimming the bony rim of the socket in cases of pincer impingement, or shaving down the bump on the ball for cases of CAM impingement.
What Occurs after FAI Surgery?
Dr. Padalecki will provide a specific physical therapy program following hip surgery at your first post-op visit. It’s important to follow these exercises both with a therapist and at home in order to establish normal range of motion. The goal of physical therapy is full mobility with eventual resumption of normal activities.
For more information on femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), or to learn more about arthroscopic hip surgery, please contact Dr. Jeff Padalecki, hip specialist in Austin, Texas.