HOW YOU CAN SQUAT DEEPER AND PAIN-FREE: HOW TO BEAT FEMORAL ACETABULAR IMPINGEMENT ONCE AND FOR ALL.

Updated: Oct 10, 2019

In this blog post, we will cover how you can solve your femoral acetabular impingement (FAI) conundrum and discuss the one thing you must do to squat deeper and pain-free.


**Guest post from Jason Gearhart founder of Vital Six Physical Therapy – bringing you the best solutions to solve your hip and back pain**

Femoral Acetabular Impingment


As a refresher, femoral acetabular impingement classically presents in two ways. Either the hip socket is too narrow for the head of the femur (Pincer) or the head of the femur is too big for the hip socket (Cam). You can also have both types of FAI at the same time. This essentially creates a bony block as we go into a squat type motion, and many will often complain of a pinching sensation or a dull ache in the front of their hip.

FAI and hip pain with squatting


Pain along the outside of the hip in a “C” shape pattern is a common finding as well- this is known as the C sign.

C-sign with FAI pain


Because FAI is a structural adaptation, making physical changes to the bone is not feasible without surgical intervention. This has lead to the exponential rise of hip surgery to remove the excess bone and allow for an improved hip range of motion.


The exciting thing is, however,many people have FAI without pain, can squat deep, and do not require surgical intervention.


So what’s their secret? What makes these people so unique and why can’t you be like these people.