Conservative management of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) in the long distance runner

Phys Ther Sport. 2014 May;15(2):82-90. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2014.02.004. Epub 2014 Mar 4.


Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is one cause of anterior hip pain that may occur in a long distance runner. By definition FAI is due to bony abutment of the femoral neck and the acetabulum. This occurs primarily with end-ranges of hip flexion and adduction. An understanding of running mechanics and performing a thorough examination will help the clinician provide an appropriate intervention for these athletes. A course of conservative treatment that includes patient education, manual therapy and strengthening should be tried prior to surgical management.

Keywords: Hip; Joint mobilization; Lower extremity kinematics.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletes*
  • Femoracetabular Impingement / therapy*
  • Hip Joint
  • Humans
  • Immobilization / methods*
  • Running*
  • Treatment Outcome