Clinical presentation of femoroacetabular impingement

Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2007 Aug;15(8):1041-7. doi: 10.1007/s00167-007-0348-2. Epub 2007 May 12.


The purpose of this study was to identify subjective complaints and objective findings in patients treated for femoroacetabular impingement (FAI). Three hundred and one arthroscopic hip surgeries were performed to treat FAI. The most frequent presenting complaint was pain, with 85% of patients reporting moderate or marked pain. The most common location of pain was the groin (81%). The average modified Harris Hip score was 58.5 (range 14-100). The average sports hip outcome score was 44.0 (range 0-100). The anterior impingement test was positive in 99% of the patients. Range of motion was reduced in the injured hip. Patients who had degenerative changes in the hip had a greater reduction in range of motion. The most common symptom reported in patients with FAI was groin pain. Patient showed decreased ability to perform activities of daily living and sports. Significant decreases in hip motion were observed in operative hips compared to non-operative hips.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Acetabulum / pathology*
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Arthralgia / diagnosis
  • Arthrometry, Articular
  • Arthroscopy
  • Child
  • Female
  • Femur Head / pathology*
  • Femur Head / surgery
  • Hip Joint / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Joint Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Joint Diseases / surgery
  • Joint Instability / diagnosis
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteoarthritis / diagnosis
  • Pain / diagnosis
  • Physical Examination
  • Range of Motion, Articular / physiology
  • Sports / physiology
  • Treatment Outcome