Hey guys, I was just diagnosed with this on Monday. Saw a specialist on Friday, both doctors are saying surgery. X-rays show that I have FAI in both hips, but only the left bothers me. I haven’t had on MRI, one doctor says they are pretty useless for this and recommends a CT scan instead.
Fisch, I know you are younger, are you going the surgical route? I’ve had knee pain for about 10 years and know it makes sense that its probably related to this hip issue. Squatting to parallel hurts both hip and knee right now. Deadlifts are better, but locking out is brutal on my hip some days and fine others.
I had a longer post typed out but my internet is sketch right now so it was deleted. Yeah I had surgery on May 3rd for Cam and Pincer impingement and torn labrum in my right hip. The labrum was reattached and some was removed because it was too damaged. Post op pain was surprisingly little, right now I am in the process of weening off my crutches so my hip is incredibly stiff and sore. Much worse then the initial post op pain but still not horrible.
I got surgery because I knew the labrum was torn, I knew the impingement was there, and I knew I wanted to be active the rest of my life. My doctor said there is not conclusive evidence this surgery would help prevent arthritis but in my mind it obviously will. It cannot be good to have bone hitting bone repeatedly over years and years. I could live with the current pain but I knew it would only get worse throughout my life.
If you go the surgery route, make sure you can have someone home to help you the first 3-7 days for sure, possibly the full 2 weeks you are crutches. It would have been extremely difficult to feed and shower myself. Look into a toilet seat raiser as well for the first 2 weeks.
How much it relates to your knee issues is obviously hard to measure. I wouldn’t be surprised if you conciously or unconciously shifted your body during lifts and throughout the day to avoid the hip issue, which would likely put additional stress on the knee. I don’t think surgery for your hip would significantly help your knee pain, but that’s just a guess from what I know of FAI.