Hip Impingement Treatment in Westchester County, NY

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.

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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:

guy having severe hip pain

  • 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

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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:

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How Can I Prevent Hip Impingement?

While you can’t always prevent hip impingement, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. In addition to maintaining a healthy weight, you can also work out regularly, perform proper hip stretches, and avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time. If you work a desk job, you can get up every hour to stretch your legs and walk around for a few minutes.

Does Hip Impingement Cause Arthritis?

Patients who are genetically predisposed to developing arthritis may be at a higher risk. However, even patients without a family history may be at higher risk if they spend most of the day sitting without proper stretching.

Can Impingement Affect Both of My Hips?

Yes, hip impingement can affect both hips. Bilateral hip impingement can occur simultaneously, or it may affect one hip and then the other.

Are There Any At-Home Treatments I Can Do?

Ice packs, heat packs, and regular stretching as recommended by your physician are three at-home treatments you can do. You should also avoid activities that cause inflammation of the hip joints, such as sitting for extended periods or exercises that are too repetitive.

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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.

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