Labral tear in hip

Anyone have experience with labral tear in their hip? I'm having an MRI done next week to determine if that is in fact what's wrong with my hip. I've been out of commission since May, doing PT for the past month and nothing seems to be helping. Is the only REAL way to relief surgery? Talk to me people!

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  • AliNouveau
    AliNouveau Posts: 36,287 Member
    I am non help at all because I have a friend who had this, got a shot in it and had no relief now is just rehabbing. She didn't need surgery though
  • quiksylver296
    quiksylver296 Posts: 28,442 Member
    My yoga instructor had surgery for hers. She seemed to rehab well and quickly.
  • CeeBeeSlim
    CeeBeeSlim Posts: 1,255 Member
    Why do you think it’s a labral year? I had hip pain for a long while and when I finally went to a doc - I was told it was hip impingement? A menu of pain meds, chiro, massage and p/t fixed me right up, until I got cocky with the heavy lifting 😡😡
  • icemom011
    icemom011 Posts: 999 Member
    edited September 2018
    Anyone have experience with labral tear in their hip? I'm having an MRI done next week to determine if that is in fact what's wrong with my hip. I've been out of commission since May, doing PT for the past month and nothing seems to be helping. Is the only REAL way to relief surgery? Talk to me people!

    Hi, i have a labral tear in my hip. It happened few years ago after i crushed on my bike. I went to see orthopedist, had MRI, was diagnosed with labral tear. I was in a lot of pain most days, some days were bearable, but i was taking naproxen few times a day to get through. That orthopedist told me that i was too young and should get it fixed. Referred me to a different doctor, who specializes in surgeries of this nature. Had a consultation with him. I loved the doctor, but the surgery is extremely involved. He basically has to open the hip, fix tear, then close everything up. Recovery is long, 6 weeks on crutches, not putting any weight on the hip. Then long PT, no cycling for at least 6 month, no hockey for at least one year. So hearing all that, i asked that we try a conservative approach and started PT. He has an absolutely wonderful physical therapist in his office. So i worked my *kitten* off doing it, i was pushing myself hard, did everything he recommended and kept on asking for more, lol. They called me overachiever in that office. I'm functioning pretty well, very rarely it bothers me now, usually if i overdo certain things. And only for a day or so (knock on wood). So I'm happy with my results, too much downtime for surgeryfor me, can't afford that. Ask me more if you have other questions.
  • amgreenwell
    amgreenwell Posts: 1,268 Member
    CeeBeeSlim wrote: »
    Why do you think it’s a labral year? I had hip pain for a long while and when I finally went to a doc - I was told it was hip impingement? A menu of pain meds, chiro, massage and p/t fixed me right up, until I got cocky with the heavy lifting 😡😡

    I've been doing therapy for months and at my follow up with ortho he suggested a labral tear. he is doing an MRI on Thursday to be sure. He thought maybe it was something we could heal with therapy but nothing is working.
  • amgreenwell
    amgreenwell Posts: 1,268 Member
    @icemom011 I'm curious about surgery mostly b/c I've been without physical activity now since MAY! I've tried PT for over a month and it is not helping. Hopefully the tear isn't bad or surgery isn't required but the traditional methods don't seem to be helping. I'll do whatever is best and what the dr thinks will work the quickest for me. I have two kids under the age of two so being off my feet for more than a couple days is an absolute no for me.
  • erjones11
    erjones11 Posts: 422 Member
    Yes, I had / have one. Had it orthoscopicaly cleaned up. Many steroid and plasma injections and lots of PT before surgery, after surgery before and after injections. All procedures I have had are not a big deal. And recovery was a breeze, even the orthoscopic one. On going hip pain sucks though and I have the same problem pain wise as I did when I injured it. I just tolerate it better.

    By the way the repair surgery removes tissue that supports the cushion of the joint. My tear was hanging in the way so I had to have the tear cleaned out but now I am missing cushioning tissue!

    Ask lots of question about images and the procedures.

  • amgreenwell
    amgreenwell Posts: 1,268 Member
    erjones11 wrote: »
    Yes, I had / have one. Had it orthoscopicaly cleaned up. Many steroid and plasma injections and lots of PT before surgery, after surgery before and after injections. All procedures I have had are not a big deal. And recovery was a breeze, even the orthoscopic one. On going hip pain sucks though and I have the same problem pain wise as I did when I injured it. I just tolerate it better.

    By the way the repair surgery removes tissue that supports the cushion of the joint. My tear was hanging in the way so I had to have the tear cleaned out but now I am missing cushioning tissue!

    Ask lots of question about images and the procedures.

    Can you tell me more about recovery? how long were you off your feet and how long until you were back to physical activity?
  • erjones11
    erjones11 Posts: 422 Member
    I was on cruches within a day, and I am a bad patient so really stopped using them after about two weeks. I got reminded a few times that they were mainly to make sure I don't fall, but again I am a bad patient. Because of the tear location they literally pulled my leg as hard as possible by holding mr groin and pulling my leg with a machine. This caused strange numbness for about two weeks but went away. Resumed activity in about a month. Again I am a bad patient.
  • EVguy1
    EVguy1 Posts: 12 Member
    I thought I had a labrum year but was told I have impingement in both hips. The surgeon said arthroscopic wasn’t an option conventional surgery may fix or may not. Getting shots and losing weight hoping to ease the pain.
    I hope you get a resolution to whatever they find.
  • erjones11
    erjones11 Posts: 422 Member
    For every pound of weight you lose you reduce the load on your hips 3-4 times that amount, this is similar for your knees.
  • megpie41
    megpie41 Posts: 164 Member
    edited November 2018
    I had hip impingement (FAI) and a labral tear in both hips. I had 2 surgeries to fix both hips (arthoscopy). It is very involved, with a long recovery, but I'm doing great now. I started PT the day after my surgery (both times) and was in it for 6 months. Day 1 of PT I was on the stationary bike (zero resistance) for 20 minutes. After the first month recovery is much easier because you're off crutches. I'm very knowledgeable about the condition/injury, so if you have any questions, I'd be glad to share my insight.

    The only real way to treat impingement is through surgery since it is a boney abnormality (CAM or Pincer). PT etc can lessen the symptoms, but it won't make it go away. Impingement is a common cause of labral tears. A tear usually won't heal on its own (in the hip) because there is not a lot of blood flow. Make sure you see a doctor who specializes is labral tears/hip arthroscopy. Many doctors miss diagnose the condition and many radiologist who write mri reports miss small tears (they can be hard to see unless you are trained to look for them).
  • megpie41
    megpie41 Posts: 164 Member
    edited November 2018
    erjones11 wrote: »

    By the way the repair surgery removes tissue that supports the cushion of the joint. My tear was hanging in the way so I had to have the tear cleaned out but now I am missing cushioning tissue!

    They only remove the labrum/cartilage if you have a labral debridment. Many hip preservation specialist today shy away from that approach in order to save the labrum. If the labrum is in very bad shape, some surgeons even use cadaver grafts.

    My labrum was still in good shape (in both hips) so they used anchors to hold it back in place.