These images feature a bone deformity called acetabular Femoral Impingement or FAI. This condition affects the hip joint’s ability to move uninhibited which can lead to catching of the joint, pinching of nerves and osteoarthritis.

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  1. Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) also known as Hip Impingement is a bone deformity in which there is an overgrowth of either the acetabulum or femoral head causing uneven grinding and catching of this joint, pinching of the nerves, and osteoarthritis. FAI can be found in genetics, yet athletes are some of the most common groups to get this disease. There are different ways that the deformity can exist such as pincer, cam, and combined. This diagnosis can be determined depending on what part of the bone is being compromised. Symptoms of this condition include hip pain which may start out as mild groin pain, limited mobility with external rotation and flexion of the hip, pain with walking long distances, and back pain-like symptoms. Doctors and physicians can diagnose FAI by range of motion tests, X-rays, and MRIs. Treatment options include physical therapy or surgery to shave down the bone(s) and repair any damage that the grinding may have caused. For this project, Alexandra used wire, twine, air dry clay, and white gloss paint to sculpt the hip bone, acetabulum, and femoral head. As seen in the pictures, she clearly shows how the femoral head can be compromised by this disease and the damage that can result because of it.

    Kiley Chambers

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