If you have you recently experienced pain in the front of your hip you may be suffering from a torn labrum in your hip (torn labrum hip). If the pain tends to worsen after walking, running, or lifting objects consultation with a medical professional is advised.
A labrum is a fibrocartilage present at the tip of the hip socket. Its primary function is to provide stability to the hip joint and also protect it against any shocks and jerks. A torn labrum hip occurs when the labrum splits away from the hip socket with severity varying as per the abnormalities or day to day rigor.
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Torn Labrum Hip Symptoms
Signs to keep an eye on for a torn hip labrum are:
- Instability while walking, climbing stairs and even simply standing.
- Experiencing a sharp shooting pain in the groin and hip region
- Increase in the pain even if you’re sitting or walking for a long duration.
- Hearing or feeling a click, or catch in the hip bone upon any kind of movement.
- Stiffness or weakness of the muscle
A torn hip labrum is mainly caused due to 6 reasons:
- Being involved in an accident
- Dislocation during contact sports like soccer, ice hockey, etc., which can, in turn, results in a tear of the labrum.
- Any previous hip injuries
- Abnormality from birth
- Daily wear and tear due to walking, running etc.
- Sports movements like pivoting, twisting or even tackling on a regular basis.
Diagnoses and Treatment
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Generally, an X-ray is enough but in case X-ray isn’t conclusive enough, an MRI or MRA will be required by the physician. An MRA is very similar to a regular MRI, except, the affected joint needs an injection.
If you’re not willing to go under the knife, non-surgical treatments like physiotherapy, activity modification, intake of anti-inflammatory meds.
Furthermore, you may also be treated with steroids or viscosupplements, however, their effectiveness may vary from person to person and the severity of the injury.
In case of a serious tear, a surgery is often the best alternative and is known as a hip arthroscopy. The surgery involves repairing the torn labrum which, in turn, heals the pain and the clicking.
Also, it also strengthens the joint thus reducing the risk of such tears in the future. Once the surgery is complete, ensure you remain in touch with the therapist/surgeon until fully recovered.
While anyone can make a full recovery from a torn labrum hip, it’s important that your recovery phase remain unhindered. Here are few steps to ensure that:
- Avoid sitting in a position where the knees are below the hip
- Avoid sitting poses or movements that result in the joint flexing.
- Slowly and steadily under the supervision of your doctor start restoring any limited movement that’s possible.
- Work on improving your soft tissue muscle length or surrounding superficial muscles
If you’re looking to make a quick return to a sport, it’s important to have a training program focused on helping you improve speed, agility etc. In this case, consultation with a team doctor or physical therapist is necessary.