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Torn Labrum in hip

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Need some advice. Tore my Labrum in a bad fall in mid Jan. Skiied through mid march before going to a doctor and now know I have a torn Labrum. (It was not healing, had to go to doc) Right now I'm doing PT for it as the doc hopes I can strengthen the hip and avoid surgery. Question to the community, will this work? I ski pretty hard and often. Raced through college and now focus my efforts on free skiing and coaching. Hope to be skiing hard for a long time and am planning on living in Jackson next winter. 

 

Is there any hope that PT will fix this? Should I just bite the bullet and get surgery? Reallllllly appreciate the advice!!!!! (As an FYI, seems like my tare is not that bad compared to others I have read about, basically feels like a pulled groin once and a while depending on how I move, regular walking is fine)

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Need some advice. Tore my Labrum in a bad fall in mid Jan. Skiied through mid march before going to a doctor and now know I have a torn Labrum. (It was not healing, had to go to doc) Right now I'm doing PT for it as the doc hopes I can strengthen the hip and avoid surgery. Question to the community, will this work? I ski pretty hard and often. Raced through college and now focus my efforts on free skiing and coaching. Hope to be skiing hard for a long time and am planning on living in Jackson next winter. 

 

Is there any hope that PT will fix this? Should I just bite the bullet and get surgery? Reallllllly appreciate the advice!!!!! (As an FYI, seems like my tare is not that bad compared to others I have read about, basically feels like a pulled groin once and a while depending on how I move, regular walking is fine)

 

I think PT is always worth trying. Labral tears are one of those things where most people have some degree of labral tear as they age, but many don't know it. Much like disc degeneration. Knowing that it is possible to have a labral tear and not have any symptoms, then there is absolutely a chance that it can be addressed with PT and proper strengthening. That doesn't guarantee that it will work, but in my opinion, that means it's worth a shot. I'd suggest giving yourself a reasonable timeframe (3 months? 6 months? figure it out with the PT?). If you're not better by then, then get the surgery. But do go for physio and proper strength training, as the latter can be a big contributor.

 

Just my personal opinion, that I think has been impacted by having had hip surgery (labral tear, fai, and cartilage damage), as well as someone who has had many clients with hip problems (I'm a personal trainer) referred to me for training by their physical therapist/chiro/athletic therapists. 

 

Elsbeth

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I think you must wait and watch the effects of PT before thinking about operation.PT works good in many cases so I think you just need to wait for some time.

 

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As a quick update to this thread, after a few months of PT with limited progress, I made an Apt with Dr. Bryan Kelly of HSS in NY. (He is one of the leading doctors in the world of FAI and recently performed Alex Rodriguez's surgery) Dr. Kelly performed a movement analysis and quickly identified that I had almost a negative range of motion in my right hip due to an asymmetric femoral head. (Made a tone of sense, my right footed turn has always been weak and have to had canting done on my right boot since high school) Dr. Kelly then reviewed my MRI and CT scan and asked if I was happy with my level of activity at the time. I of course said hell no! (I would never be able to ski again at a high level based on what I was feeling) 

 

His recommendation was surgery given the extent of my tear and also the shape of my femoral head. Did a new PT program from his office from mid-May until last week (Which made a significant difference), had surgery on Monday and am now formally on the road to recovery. 

 

PT is going well, rode the bike today and did some light exercises. Apparently if all goes well I can return to light sports, running etc, in 3 months and skiing hard in 6 months. (January) Crossing my fingers!! Will update this thread once and a while based on the progress in case anyone else is in the same situation in the future. 

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Great to hear you're on the road to recovery. Good luck!

post #6 of 6

Sorry your injury required surgery. Sounds like you found a great doctor and your full recovery is looking good.

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