Groin pain is the most common symptom for patients with advanced hip arthritis.
However, young adults with groin pain may have a condition known as Femoroacetabular impingement, or FAI.
FAI is a condition where the bones of the hip are abnormally shaped.
Because they do not fit together perfectly, the cartilages in the hip see higher stress than normal and can become damaged.
Some people may live long, active lives and never have problems.
When symptoms like pain and stiffness develop, however, it usually indicates that the damage is likely to progress.
If untreated, FAI can lead to advanced hip arthritis.
FAI is easily diagnosed with a doctor’s examination and x-ray.
Nonsurgical treatment includes changing your activities and using anti-inflammatory medications to block the pain. Surgical treatment includes arthroscopic surgery or open re-shaping of the hip joint.

For more information, visit our website or call us for an appointment to see one of our orthopaedic specialists. Or better yet, listen to the Sports Doctors on Thursdays at 6 PM online at team 1010.com and Saturdays at 7 AM on Team 1010 KXPS.

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