Femoroacetabular Impingement also Referred to as FAI
Femoroacetabular impingement, commonly referred to as FAI, is a condition of the hip joint caused by a misalignment in the bony structures that make up the hip. The resulting friction between these bones causes pain, stiffness, and inflammation. Fortunately, there are several treatments available for FAI, including chiropractic care. Let’s take a look at how chiropractors can help treat femoroacetabular impingement.
What is Femoroacetabular Impingement?
Femoroacetabular impingement occurs when two bones of the hip joint—the femur (thigh bone) and the acetabulum (hip socket)—are not properly aligned. This misalignment can cause excessive friction between these two bones, which can lead to damage over time. Common symptoms of FAI include pain in the groin or buttocks area, stiffness in the hips or thighs, decreased range of motion in the hips, and difficulty standing after sitting for long periods of time.
How Can Chiropractors Help?
Chiropractic doctors specialize in treating musculoskeletal conditions like FAI through manual manipulation and soft tissue treatment. Through these methods, they can help to reduce inflammation and restore proper alignment to improve the range of motion and reduce pain caused by femoroacetabular impingement. In addition to manual manipulation and soft tissue treatments, chiropractors may also recommend lifestyle changes such as diet modifications or exercise routines that can help alleviate symptoms associated with FAI.
Chiropractic care for FAI is often used alongside other treatments such as physiotherapy or medications prescribed by your doctor. It is important to speak with your doctor before beginning any treatment program for femoroacetabular impingement so you can determine what combination of treatments will be most beneficial for you. Your chiropractor can provide additional guidance on how best to manage your condition through lifestyle modifications as well as discuss any potential risks associated with treatment options you may be considering.
FAI is a Painful but Treatable Condition
Femoroacetabular Impingement is a painful condition that affects many people worldwide; however, it is treatable with proper medical care from both your doctor and chiropractor. Chiropractic care has been shown to be an effective method for reducing inflammation caused by this condition while also restoring proper alignment to improve the range of motion and reduce pain associated with it. If you think you may have femoroacetabular impingement, talk to your doctor about possible treatment options including chiropractic care today!
So, If you have other questions or would like to learn more about chiropractic care and if it is right for you, book a free online appointment with myself, Dr. Tyler Baron, BASc, DC or another chiropractor in Waterloo or Kitchener at CARESPACE. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.