Hip Impingement Doctor in New York

What is hip impingement?

Hip impingement is a general term used to describe a few different conditions that cause a lowered range of motion in your hip. The most common kind of hip impingement, called femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), occurs when the top of your thigh bone and the connecting socket of your hip joint have abnormal contact. In addition to a lowered range of motion, this condition also causes damage to the hip joint over time and can result in chronic hip pain as well as hip arthritis. Our doctors at Specialty Orthopaedics are experts when it comes to treating chronic hip pain and hip impingement conditions. We work as your partner to determine the exact cause of your hip discomfort and lead you toward a long-term solution.

What causes hip impingement?

Hip impingement can happen anytime there is irregular contact between the ball and socket that make up your hip bone, usually due to excessive bone growth in one or more areas of the joint. There are three categories of hip impingement:

  • Pincer impingement – acetabular rim deformity that causes excessive growth in the “socket” portion of the hip bone
  • Cam impingement – bone deformity causing excessive bone growth in the top of the thigh bone, or the “ball” portion of the hip bone
  • Combined impingement – bone deformities that cause excessive bone growth in both the “ball” and “socket” portions of the hip joint

What are the symptoms of hip impingement?

Visit one of our orthopedic physicians in New York if you experience any of these hip impingement symptoms:

  • Groin pain
  • Decreased range of motion in the hip
  • Hip pain while playing sports or being active
  • Hip pain that awakens you during sleep
  • Hip pain with prolonged sitting

How is hip impingement diagnosed?

At Specialty Orthopaedics, we can diagnose your hip impingement condition during a simple in-office exam with one of our fellowship-trained orthopedists. During the visit, we will go over all of your symptoms with you and ask you about the location and severity of your hip pain. We will also spend time physically examining your hip, looking for any signs of a hip irregularity. In most cases, we’ll need to also conduct one or more imaging exams in order to rule out other hip conditions and to see the exact cause of your hip discomfort. Your imaging test will likely be one or more of the following:

  • X-rays
  • CT scans
  • MRI scans

How is hip impingement treated?

Whenever possible, we treat your hip impingement using conservative options before moving on to surgical options. In many cases, we can help you overcome hip impingement with a personalized, non-surgical treatment plan, including:

  • Physical therapy, focusing on improving range of motion
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Lifestyle / activity level alterations
  • Hip injections

In more severe cases or when conservative options don’t deliver results, our surgeons may recommend a surgical option to alleviate your hip pain and restore your range of motion. Your surgical treatment options might include:

VIDEO: Hip Arthroscopy for Hip Impingement


Please explore our hip arthroscopy video below.

If you are experiencing symptoms of hip impingement, visit Specialty Orthopaedics. Our New York orthopedic practice is home to a team of fellowship-trained orthopedists in a variety of specialty areas. We offer comprehensive treatment for musculoskeletal disorders in a caring and responsive clinical atmosphere. Give us a call at 914.686.0111 or fill out the form on this page to schedule your appointment today.

Dr. Yasmin Dhar

Dr. Yasmin Dhar

Sports Medicine & Arthroscopic Surgery Specialist

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