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08/12/2012 09:19 PM

Hip labral tear treatment options(page 11)

terrifiedSam
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Hello everyone. I am glad I found this forum. I have read every single post in this thread. Thank you everyone for your time and input. Hope everyone has since recovered and is doing well. I have been diagnosed with a tear in my left labrum about a year ago. I am a 24 year old female. I am not very active although I am light weight (120lbs 5'6"Wink. Just last week all of a sudden I was not able to walk well and the pain was excruciating. Up until now i have been dealing with the pain but now I can't even walk. I am looking to see what suggestions you guys may have and if you know any good specialists in the Los Angeles, CA area? Please a fast response would be greatly appreciated! And if there is any one in this forum that has had surgery and that lives in the Los Angeles area and doesn't mind writing back and forth to help answer my questions and concerns that would be great! I am a type of person that thinks surgery is a last resort and hence why I didn't take it seriously during my diagnosis, but now I regret it dearly and am hoping there isn't further damage to my hip Sad ....thank you for your help!
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08/12/2012 11:39 PM
silverbush
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Ok, so here is my 7 month post-op update. I went through six months of physical therapy and at month five and two weeks was running on the treadmill at PT when the pain started again. Now everytime I walk more than a block or stand for more than 30 minutes I get a deep aching pain even at rest in my hip that the surgeon says is likely from inflammation. I need to get a repeat MRI now to make sure the anatomy is OK. I am yet to get back to full exercise eventhough I was promised I could by month 3. I will update further if anything changes.

08/13/2012 09:31 PM
lacasajo
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There is hope silverbush! At 7 mo. I got a cortisone injection due to ongoing inflammation (after trying antiinflammatories...which didn't work). I'm still going to physio weekly 16 mo. post-op (my choice) BUT I am doing my 2nd Olympic distance triathlon of the summer this weekend. I have mild dysplsia which is still there and a long history of SI joint and low back problems and that is really what is holding me up. I've had small setbacks with the hip joint itself (naproxen helped that) since the cortisone but I've been running, cycling, swimming, skiing last winter, and gym workouts. I do absolutely have to keep up the stretching and ex's, but I am so happy to be able work out again and get some muscle back! I was told too I could run at 3 months...HA! Hang in there...it will get better, even if it takes a cortisone shot and awhile longer. Jo

10/06/2012 07:35 PM
ncmomof4
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I am having a labrum tear repaired on 10/15 and I am quite nervous. If anyone gets this - I have a question. Do you guys have pain all the time? When I first was hurt - I could barely use my leg. (This was about 4 months ago). I have had 1.5 months of PT, celebrex, and a steroid injection so far. Right now ... I can run a 5K without a lot of pain ... my hip / leg just really hurts if I try to run again after the 5K. It hurts some that evening / next day but it is not as extreme as earlier. I am just wondering if my original problem is going away and I don't really need this surgery OR if the steroid injection is working and masking the issue. The surgeon thinks I need this but I don't want to be out of work long term / out of exercise long term. (I (fingers crossed) have no issues other than the tear). I am not as active this year as many of you but I ran two half marathons(one in April and one in May) before this happened and I was training for a full but oh well ......

10/26/2012 04:10 AM
Lb20
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I'm a 32 runner / triathlete. Have labral tear in both hips caused by pelvis imbalance. Have been keeping things in check with physio, PT, massage. Did the left first. Had cortisone and that feels pretty good. Then did second (right hip) and finally got cortisone expecting same result. 2 weeks on and it's weak and sore and am quite limited in activity. I would like to avoid surgery until it really is the only option. And that's no offence intended to anyone that has chosen this path- I'm just a little anxious about the success rate. Good luck to everyone as I can of course empathise. Right now I don't know anyone else with this so no one quite 'gets it'.

10/26/2012 06:35 PM
billhome
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Gosh guys I am sorry. My emails from this site go to an old email account of mine. I did not see them until tonight.

LB20!!! For starters I had my hip surgery on July 5th. I was also a very active triathlete. My career is over now due to knee problems not related to my hip.

But!! I had FAI and lots of hip pain. I had the surgery in Houston by Dr. Kolstead. I am doing great! Fortunately for me it was a breeze. I watched Netflix for two weeks and then got back in weight room and by week three was in the pool with a buoy. After two months I was recovered enough that I could ride my tri bike pain free. Today I am completely pain free except for scar tissue. I would do it again in a heartbeat. I wish I had not put it off for so long.


11/16/2012 09:46 PM
MysticPizza
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I just found this group tonight while searching for more info about hip labral tears. I was just diagnosed last week, after having hip pain for awhile that suddenly have gotten a bit worse. I am hoping to avoid surgery for awhile, so am taking the PT route. Right now the pain is mostly when I have been sitting for awhile, but am aware of it all the time. Sometimes it bothers me when I walk (I have a dog that I walk 1-2 miles a day with) but I don't limp. Most of the time it's more of a nuisance pain. I'd like to get it back to the way it was before it got worse, since I know it will never go away without surgery. I've been reading all the entries here and I am nowhere near as athletic as most of you, but I do like to walk and do some exercise DVD's. I've been wondering if I should cut out everything except the walking and PT exercises? At least for the next 5-6 weeks while in PT and reevaluate again when I see my doctor again...would that help with the discomfort? I have not had any shots as the pain has not been that bad, but the pain is up and down (tonight it's towards the up side). I am trying to put off surgery as much as possible mainly because there's no one else home to walk the dog and I don't like being so immobile but I know I am just delaying what is possibly the inevitable.

01/15/2013 12:29 PM
billhome
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I'M BACK!!! LOL! And so is my hip pain!! I am heading back to the surgeon this Friday for a visit. I am sure the next step will be a MRI to see if the cartilage is torn again. My money says it is. It hurts exactly the same way it did before. All I can guess is that the Dr. did not get the bone shaved back far enough to avoid the pinch while I cycle....I just had surgery in July so this is a bummer....Oh well...it was a great 3 month ride!!!! Smile

01/15/2013 10:04 PM
lacasajo
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I had labral repair in April of 2011 and lots of ups and downs between then an now, including sharp groin pain with certain movements, and a generally aching hip. I don't have FAI, but do have dysplasia, so the underlying problem is still there. I had a cortisone injection 7 mo. post-op which really helped, and have had a couple courses of naproxen when it's ached. I've also tried to do a lot of rehab, which I am sure you have, but kept having setbacks. Gotta say, the past few weeks have been great - have really worked on strengthening quads, hams, abductors, and glutes. For some reason all the "functional" and core work (including squats and reverse lunges, balance work, etc) my quads and hams started atrophying again. I am now nordic skiing up to almost 2 hrs, have started back to walk/jog (I had got up to 10 km last summer, then injured my other leg, hamstring), back on the windtrainer. I had wondered if I had retorn when I had so many problems, but the surgeon doesn't think so. The problem with an MRI (arthrogram) after surgery is the area that had the surgery always looks a bit fuzzy so they can't be sure whether there is a tear or not in the same location as the surgery. Bill a 3 mo. post-op I was still hobbling along on crutches due to the inflammation that eventually needed a cortisone shot! It may not be as bad as you are fearing! I hope not! Jo

01/16/2013 04:45 AM
billhome
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Hi Jo!!!! It has been a while! I hope you are right. I noticed after surgery that when I was in my aerobars I still had hip pain. It was like that hip angle was just too sharp. I felt like the surgery made no difference in regard to my tri bike. Since then, I have walked away from the tri world and started mountain biking. During one race I crashed and stuck my leg out. I really compacted my knee into my chest. Or in otherwords really created a sharp hip angle. My hip hurt on impact but only for a few minutes. I figured I just tore some scar tissue loose. Weeks later it has gotten progressively worse.

I hope with the MRI they can see the anchor and make sure it is still attached to the bone. I have had the same cortisone shot you mentioned before and it does work wonders. That is actually a very good idea. If the MRI is inconclusive I should go for another shot. Last time the shot only lasted about a month because I had a labral tear. Perhaps you are right and if it is all inflamation the shot should calm everything down. If the pain comes back that would be a good indicator the labral is torn again. You see???!!! That is why I am a member of this forum. You get great advice from great people!! Smile

Just curious.....did any of your pain after surgery "feel" just like your pain prior to surgery? By the way Jo I am so glad to hear you are recovering and getting to run again. I know you had a tough road after surgery. Come on down here and do the Texas Ironman so I can cheer you on!!!

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