October 28, 2020 | David DiPino | Delray Newspaper and Boca Newspaper

Just as a tire on a car wears down over time, so can the hip joint

Hip pain can sometimes be more than a nuisance. Being aware of these signs can be important in maintaining your physical health. A femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) hip condition is similar to a tire on a car being out of alignment. The hip labrum is a rubbery like lining of the hip socket which acts like a gasket providing suction seal to the ball and socket while maintaining stability of the joint. An FAI ailment occurs when additional bone forms along either the ball or socket of the hip joint causing a mismatch. This irregularity can cause the bones to rub together producing damaging friction to the hip joint. An FAI condition can also lead to destruction of the hip joint resulting in labrum tears, separation of cartilage as well as arthritis.

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