What Causes Hip Arthritis? (THE TRUTH)
By Shane Dowd , CES, CMP
Have you ever been told that your hip impingement, FAI, and "bad bone shapes" are the root causes of your hip arthritis and pain? Well, what if everything you've been told was actually wrong? In this article, we will unravel the truth behind the relationship between FAI, hip arthritis, and the factors contributing to this condition.
Understanding FAI: What Is It and Why is it Feared?
When you visit the doctor and hear the dreaded term "FAI" (femoroacetabular impingement), it's natural to feel concerned. FAI is a condition where the bone shapes of the femur and acetabulum do not fit perfectly, potentially leading to friction, pain, and hip degeneration. The prevailing belief has been that FAI will inevitably cause hip pain and discomfort, often requiring surgical intervention to shave the bones and alleviate symptoms. But are FAI bone shapes truly as detrimental as they are made out to be?
Challenging the Notion: Research on FAI Bone Shapes
Recent scientific research has challenged the conventional wisdom surrounding FAI bone shapes. Studies have shown that these bone shapes may not be the villains they have been portrayed as. For example, a 2011 study examined patients with FAI bone shapes without hip problems. Surprisingly, the study found no link between FAI bone shapes and the development of hip osteoarthritis in the long term. The researchers concluded that "prophylactic surgical treatment was not warranted in the absence of symptoms."
In another groundbreaking study from 2015, senior athletes with no hip problems were evaluated for signs of FAI, osteoarthritis, and hip dysplasia. Astonishingly, 83 percent of these pain-free athletes showed signs of FAI in their X-rays. The study's conclusion? The presence of FAI bone shapes did not correlate with hip problems or osteoarthritis, even in senior-aged athletes.
Additionally, Dr. David Rubin, a renowned leader in musculoskeletal radiology, published a paper titled "FAI: Fact, Fiction, or Fantasy." In this paper, Dr. Rubin refutes the notion that FAI always leads to hip osteoarthritis and dismisses that surgical treatment of FAI can prevent or delay hip osteoarthritis. These findings challenge the prevailing fiction and fantasy associated with FAI and its relationship to arthritis.
Embracing a New Perspective: Bone Shapes and Hip Health
All this research leads to a crucial realization: bone shapes alone do not dictate hip pain or the development of hip arthritis, regardless of age. Abnormal bone shapes associated with FAI are, in fact, a normal variation in the body's diverse landscape. This revelation should be empowering and alleviate the fear often associated with the sight of arthritis in an X-ray.
Instead of fixating on the bone shapes, we can focus on what truly influences hip movement and comfort—the muscles. By training and strengthening the muscles surrounding the hip joint, we can improve hip mobility and reduce pain.
The FAI Fix Program: A Natural Solution for Hip Pain
If you're seeking an empowering solution for your hips, look no further than The FAI Fix program. Designed based on personal experience with FAI and backed by the latest scientific knowledge, this program helps you train your muscles to improve hip movement and alleviate discomfort. With over 8,123 satisfied students, The FAI Fix program has been refined and perfected over 8+ years.
Don't let the fear of FAI and hip arthritis hold you back. Embrace the knowledge that bone shapes alone are not the determinants of your hip health. Focus on strengthening your muscles and reclaiming your mobility.
Benefits of the FAI Fix Program
The FAI Fix program is designed to relieve hip pain and discomfort caused by femoroacetabular impingement (FAI). It offers several benefits, including:
Pain Relief: The program is designed to help alleviate hip pain caused by FAI. The exercises and stretches included in the program can help reduce inflammation and improve hip mobility, leading to decreased pain and discomfort.
Improved Hip Function: The program is designed to improve hip function by addressing the underlying causes of FAI. Participants can improve their overall hip health and function by improving hip mobility and strength.
Prevents Further Degeneration: The FAI Fix program is designed to prevent further hip joint degeneration. By addressing the root causes of FAI, the program can help prevent further damage to the hip joint.
Customizable: The program can be customized to meet the needs of different individuals. Whether you are an athlete, a fitness enthusiast, or just looking to improve your hip health, the program can be tailored to your needs.
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About The Author
Shane Dowd, CES, CMP is the owner/founder of GotROM.com. He is also a sports performance & mobility coach specializing in injury prevention and flexibility for athletes.