Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)

Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) is a problem with the hip joint.

Benton A. Emblom, MD is a member of The Hip Center at Andrews Sports Medicine. He is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon who commonly treats non-arthritic hip disorders such as Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI).

What is it?

This is a problem with the hip joint. In a healthy hip, the ball of the femur is smooth and round. It fits perfectly into the hip socket. But with this condition, the ball, the socket or both the ball and the socket are shaped poorly. They don't fit together well. When you move your hip, they rub together harmfully.

What causes it?

FAI is caused by abnormal bone development. It happens when your bones don’t grow properly in childhood. One or more abnormal bone growths form. This creates unevenness that restricts movement. The ball and socket rub or press against each other instead of gliding smoothly and easily. 

Signs and symptoms

Symptoms include pain and stiffness in your hip. You may feel a deep ache, or your pain may be sharp. You may develop a limp.

non-surgical treatment

Treatment options includes medications and physical therapy. You may need to avoid activities that cause pain in your hip.

surgical treatment

Our hip preservation specialist, Benton A. Emblom, MD, is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon who commonly diagnoses and treats femoroacetabular impingement (FAI). If non-surgical, conservative treatment is not effective, surgery is a reliable treatment option. 

To request an appointment with Dr. Emblom, CLICK HERE to submit an online appointment request, or contact Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center at (205) 939-3699 and ask to speak with Dr. Emblom's appointment scheduler.

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