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Hip Impingement
You will normally be suffering from pain in the groin or possibly in the low back and buttock during various activities. This will often be worse when flexing the hip to its limit and may be initiated and exacerbated by kicking sports or by sitting on low chairs. Many women experience significant discomfort in the groin during sexual intercourse with the hip flexed.

What Causes It?
We believe that young adults develop hip impingement because of a combination of 3 factors: inherited problems with the shape of your hip, inherited problems with the toughness of parts of your hip, and finally, your activity level.
If your brother or sister has had treatment for an abnormal femoral head (ball), you are 2.8 times more likely to have the same problem.
If your brother or sister has had treatment for an abnormal hip socket, you are twice as likely to have the same problem.
Excessive sporting activities as a child is associated with abnormal hip development that may cause pain as an adult.

Hip Impingement Abnormalities
The ball of your hip joint may be positioned incorrectly at the top of your thigh bone or your hip socket may be incorrectly orientated resulting in the front of the thigh bone hitting against the front of the hip socket. This initially causes damage to the seal of the hip joint (labrum) and later causes damage the lining cartilage of the hip socket. This damage to the socket is the most common cause of osteoarthritis. Surgery is aimed at removing the areas of bone that are causing the impingement thereby removing the ongoing damage to the cartilage lining of the hip joint.

What benefit will hip impingement surgery be to you?
The operation usually relieves most of the pain in your hip in time, but you may continue to experience some mild discomfort and tightness afterwards especially in the front of your hip. This usually settles down after about 6 months. The operation usually improves stiffness in the hip joint, although movements do not usually return to ‘normal’. The aim of surgery is to treat your hip pain and attempt to delay or avoid the progression of osteoarthritis in the hip joint and to treat pain.

Hip Impingement