Groin pain may signify a problem with your hip joint. There are two hip conditions that commonly affect men; hip arthritis and FAI (labral tear). FAI stands for Femoro-Acetabular Impingement (FAI), a condition where excess bone forms at the edge of the ball or socket. FAI can lead to a tear of the labrum which is the cartilage around the edge of the hip socket. Deep groin pain that is made worse by physical activity should be investigated by your health care professional (a local GP is the usually the first). The pain may start after an injury or it can come on gradually, but the pain can become severe if left untreated. Your GP may recommend an appointment with an Orthopaedic Specialist – and Ormiston Hospital offers a comprehensive range of orthopaedic experts.
Often the first-line treatment for FAI and arthritis includes activity modification, use of anti-inflammatory medication, physiotherapy and potentially a cortisone injection. A recent study showed that up to 60% of patients with a labral tear will get better without surgery. These non-surgical treatments are more effective if started before the problem becomes too severe, so don’t ignore groin pain. If these treatments are not effective, surgery may be indicated.
Ormiston Hospital has a growing team of Orthopaedic Specialists and are proud to serve our local community. In 2019, over 150 hip surgeries were completed at our hospital.
Nick Gormack is one of the Orthopaedic Surgeons working at Ormiston Hospital. He explains that “For those who require surgery for FAI, most of the modern operations can be performed via keyhole surgery. Keyhole surgery for labral tears is most effective when the tear is relatively recent, such as the result of trauma.”
Mr Gormack points out that the symptoms of labral tear can be similar to hip arthritis. “Once you have hip arthritis, the best outcome tends to be with hip replacement surgery.”
Men who experience significant and ongoing groin pain should see their GP and get a referral to an Orthopaedic Specialist. Mr Gormack is here to help. “I want to see people out enjoying life and their activities, not putting up with unnecessary pain. Kiwi men are notorious for not giving their personal health the attention it deserves.”
Mr Gormack is available for consultation at the Ormiston Specialist Centre to discuss any orthopaedic issues or concerns. A referral from your GP is preferred.