Hip Impingement

Do you have groin pain that feels like a pinching sensation in the front of your hips as you move into a deep squat? This is a common complaint of those with hip impingement.

About Hip Impingement

Your hip socket or “acetabulum” is covered by smooth cartilage. Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI), also known as hip impingement happens when the rim of the cartilage gets pinched. Typically, this pinching occurs when you move your hip into certain positions such as hip flexion in a deep squat. As a result, when this cartilage is pinched repetitively, irritation, tearing, or even detachment of the cartilage can occur.

Hip impingement occurs because of a mismatch between the ball and socket of your hip. There are two types that cause hip impingement: cam deformity and pincer deformity.

Cam deformity happens when the head of the femur is abnormally shaped. Therefore, preventing the femoral head from moving freely inside the hip socket. Cam deformity is common in young men between the ages of 20 and 30.

Pincer deformity happens by having too much cartilage in the hip socket. This deformity usually affects patients in their 30s and is more common in women. Pincer is seen in hypermobile patients such as ballet dancers or gymnasts

Symptoms of Hip Impingement

  • Constant dull pain with periods of sharp pain
  • Increased pain when squatting
  • Increased pain with running or jumping
  • Snapping, locking, or clicking of the hip 

Our Approach to Hip Impingement

We work to improve the strength of your hips and core. Then teach you ways to move based on your hips position. Most patients with hip impingement should avoid too much stretching as this could aggravate the condition. However, they will likely benefit from strengthening exercises to decrease the compression off of the hips and reduce pain.

Your Visit With US

We start every visit with a comprehensive movement based assessment to identify any critical contributors to your pain. We then combine muscle release techniques with chiropractic adjustments to help relax your tight muscles and allow your body to move better and feel better. Then, most patients are brought to our rehab area, where we teach you how to extend your session’s benefits at home through stretches and exercises based on your needs and goals.

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