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The FADIR test is designed to detect the presence of Femoroacetabular Impingement. It can also detect the presence of anterior labral tears. The testing procedure used for the FADIR test is performed with several variations and is also commonly referred to as the Anterior Impingement test.
FADIR is an acronym for Flexion, Adduction and Internal Rotation. The acronym for this test is sometimes spelled with 2 Ds.
To perform the FADIR test, with the patient in the supine position, flex their hip to about 90 degrees, adduct it by about 20 degrees and then maximally internally rotate the hip.
The test is considered positive if it causes groin pain suggesting femoroacetabular impingement or anterior labral tear. In the presence of labral tear, pain may be accompanied by a clicking sensation.
It is important to note that the testing procedure may also cause pain in other hip pathologies including osteoarthritis and osteonecrosis.
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