Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is one cause of anterior hip pain that may appear in a long distance runner. By definition FAI is due to bony abutment of the femoral neck and the acetabulum. This occurs mostly with end-ranges of hip flexion and adduction. An understanding of running mechanics and performing a thorough examination will assist the clinician provide an appropriate intervention for these athletes. A course of conservative treatment that includes patient education, manual therapy and strengthening should be tried before surgical management.
Out of all 291 conditions studied in the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study, neck pain ranked 4th highest in terms of disability and 21st in terms of overall burden.