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Understanding FAI (Hip Impingement)

Nashville, Tennessee
Femoralacetabular Impingement is a big word with little awareness, but many are suffering the pain and damage it causes physically, emotionally and financially. I hope this blog will serve as a place to gather and share information to help us find the answers and support we need.
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Full Circle by Understanding FAI (Hip Impingement) Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain It's almost hard for me to remember now, how many nights over the last two years I have cried myself to sleep.  What chronic pain does to the mind and the heart of a person. ... Read on »
3 Months Post-op: Icing on the Cake by Understanding FAI (Hip Impingement) Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain The walls at Dr. Byrd's office and physical therapy area are covered in pictures & jerseys of atheletes, olympic medalists, dancers and professional players who have been tr ... Read on »
Post Op Week 12: Full Range of Motion by Understanding FAI (Hip Impingement) Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I did not know this until yesterday, but a normal range of motion for the hip is 45 degrees, external & internal.  My ROM yesterday was 53 internal & 64 external.  Most peop ... Read on »
Post-OP Week 11: Dancing in Heels! by Understanding FAI (Hip Impingement) Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain This weekend I cleaned my house and hosted a dinner party with 5 families and something like 13 children...with NO pain...well hip related anyway.  The next night I attended ... Read on »
9 Weeks Post-Op: Thankful. by Understanding FAI (Hip Impingement) Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain One thing I've noticed keeping this blog is that I post less often my hip is doing well.  Of course, that makes sense.  But at the same time I really want to have this as a di ... Read on »
Happy Thanksgiving Ya'll!! by Understanding FAI (Hip Impingement) Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Because it's 2 am, and I made the mistake of ordering a gigantic latte at Starbucks with a friend this afternoon and now am unable to sleep, I thought I'd wish all of you grea ... Read on »
8 Weeks Post-op: Measurably Better! by Understanding FAI (Hip Impingement) Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Thought I was 9 wks post-op, but it turns out I'm only 8, haha!!  It seems like 6 years, but yesterday at the same time.  I get a bit overwhelmed by the day to day demands of ... Read on »
Not Business as Usual... by Understanding FAI (Hip Impingement) Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain So, I'm 7 weeks post-op now for FAI on my right hip.  The miserable crutches & walker days are behind me (hooray).  According to my PT I am doing great, range of motion ahead ... Read on »
6 1/2 Weeks Post Op: This One's (more) For the Girls by Understanding FAI (Hip Impingement) Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Thursday marked 6 weeks post-op for Osteoplasty on both femoral head & acetabular rim, synovectomy, debridement & repair of labrum with disolvable anchors, cleaning & removing ... Read on »
YOGA at 5 weeks post-op!! by Understanding FAI (Hip Impingement) Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Yes, I'm a rule breaker, but I couldn't help myself.  Actually, it wasn't even planned.  I was late getting to the Pool for the Ai Chi class, which is a Tai Chi type pool work ... Read on »
Post Op Week 5: Is Hip Popping Normal? by Understanding FAI (Hip Impingement) Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I see this concern being posted all the time and wanted to share what I've learned regarding popping in the hip Post op.  Obviously, this is a tense subject.  You go through a ... Read on »
Life Without Crutches... by Understanding FAI (Hip Impingement) Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain It's been 4 days since I started to wean myself from the crutches.  In a lot of ways it's been like starting at square one, very similar to first week post-op pain after being ... Read on »
CRUTCH FREE!!!! by Understanding FAI (Hip Impingement) Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain HIP UPDATE BELOW First of all, My husband and three year old daughter are braving the cold today for a wonderful cause, "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer", please take a ... Read on »
Post Op: Half Way There!! by Understanding FAI (Hip Impingement) Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I'm in my fourth week post-op and am happy to report things are still moving along well (literally). I'm pretty sick of crutches, but only a little over two weeks to go now, ... Read on »
Week 3: Water Walking!!! by Understanding FAI (Hip Impingement) Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Tears of joy, today was my first day back in the gym. I started with my regular PT, stationary bike 10 min with no resistance and reclined so not to pass 90 degree hip flexion ... Read on »
Understanding FAI: For friends, family, caregivers & co-workers by Understanding FAI (Hip Impingement) Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain "Living with hip pain no one can see or explain is difficult on an emotional level, maybe even shameful. When you break your leg or are involved in a car accident your sufferi ... Read on »
Pre-op Game Plan by Understanding FAI (Hip Impingement) Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain So you have a date or see one on the horizon? While in the trenches of post-op recovery I find myself making mental notes, for you, of all the "could haves and would haves" a ... Read on »
Post Op Day 2 by Understanding FAI (Hip Impingement) Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain After 6 years of rain it seems, the sun is shining!!! Through the window is where I will enjoy it...my husband's recliner has been overtaken by his gimpy wife. I remain ho ... Read on »
Post Op Therapy, Day 1 by Understanding FAI (Hip Impingement) Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I had my first post op therapy session today. I learned how to properly use my crutches, walk up and down stairs, what not to do, etc. Then I learned what few movements to ... Read on »
Week 2: Stage 3 Arthritis by Understanding FAI (Hip Impingement) Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain If you follow my blog much at all you've noticed my undying love for Dr. Byrd and his staff at NSMOC. Today was my one week follow-up where I had stitches removed and my se ... Read on »