Hip impingement can be simply described as “hip pinching”. If the ball and socket joint of the hip aren’t perfectly congruent then these forces can cause joint pain. Hip impingement itself typically isn’t painful unless the shear forces cause a labral tear. Labral tears and impingement can cause chronic joint pain, dysfunction and degeneration. If the labrum is torn and the joint is otherwise healthy labral repairs are recommended along with correction of hip impingement.
Correcting hip impingement requires re-contouring of the ball and socket, so no further pinching occurs.