Hip impingement develops from abnormal contact between the top of the thigh bone and the outside of the hip socket. The abnormal contact, typically caused by bony deformities, leads to friction that wears away cartilage and the joint’s fibrous seal (also known as labrum).
Hip impingement is also called femoral acetabular impingement. The femoral head is the ball at the top of the thigh bone and the acetabulum is the hip socket.
The exact hip impingement cause is unknown. In some cases, participation in rigorous physical activities can lead to hip impingement. In addition, conditions such as Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease and slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) can cause changes or deformities to the hip joint, leading to hip impingement.
If your child has hip impingement, you might look for symptoms like:
Symptoms of hip impingement often develop during adolescence and gradually become more noticeable with age.
Early diagnosis and treatment of hip impingement can help prevent additional damage to the hip joint. If left untreated, hip impingement can lead to osteoarthritis of the hip.
There isn’t one single hip impingement test. Diagnosing hip impingement often includes:
If your child has hip impingement and your family comes to Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare for treatment, we might recommend:
To help your child minimize pain, improve joint mobility and live a full and active life, the experts at Gillette in pediatric orthopedics will work together to develop a custom treatment plan. You’ll have support to determine which specialty areas might best help your child, including:
If your child has a condition associated with hip impingement, such as Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease or SCFE, everything can be treated at Gillette—our coordinated approach will often let your family see a team of specialists during a single visit at one location.