Just had a diagnosis of a hip labral tear, will have an mri scan with dye injected into the hip joint in the next few weeks to confirm, and assess the damage. I think a particulary hard track session contributed to this.
Looks like the arthroscopic surgery to repair is quite specialised, and I'm wondering if it is somehting that would be done on the NHS.
I've been told by told by the sports injury specialist that plodding is ok, but no hill running or fast stuff. Cycling is ok too.
Anybody else suffered with this, and gone through the surgery ? It would be useful to know what might be in store for later in the year
I suffered a labral tear and osteitis pubis 2 years ago. In fairness the labral tear was the least of my worries. I saw a hip surgeon who was a good friend of mine so i asked him to shoot straight with me. He said I'd need maybe a year away from football (but this was more due to the osteitis pubis). He offered me a hip arthroscopy for the labral tear but I declined.
Now, 2 years later, I have not played football since. Too much twisting and turning - I resigned myself to the fact the boots are well and truly hung up. BUT, with 2 years of religious daily exercise to improve my hip musculature/glutes etc I go to the gym 3 times a week and can squat pain free. I do maybe 20k a week now and with no problems at all. Recent MRI - still have the labral tear (obviously).
So for me I didnt fancy any form of hip surgery at 30 years old (the surgery wasnt the problem - just didnt relish the thought of increased chances of hip osteoarthritis in the future). But with a bit of activity modification I am pain free.
All the best mate - let us know what you decide and how you get on
Thanks for the reply. I think I'll get the scan done and take it from there. No racing for the forseeable future unfortunately
Had the MRI arthrogram done - I thought that they were meant to numb the area first - so it was fairly unpleasant, but at least I was able to walk home afterwards.
Consultant said it was a anterior-superior labral tear. Not sufficiently small to ignore, and has said no running and skiing or impact type things until I get it surgically repaired. Either stiched back or cut out.
Good thing is I can cycle lots to keep reasonably fit. Am hoping to get surgery done over the Summer and back to running next year fingers crossed.
It's very sad to read your experiences, and I do hope you recvover and are able to get back to running.
I too was promised a quick recoverery, with a high success rate for such an operation. I do have extensive medical contacts - both family and friends and from what i gelaned from a friend who works at an orthopedic hospital, this is major surgery that should only be undertaken as a last resort. After seing a consultant there he concluded the scans were rather inconclusive, might be a small labral tear, or it might not be. As I did not have symptoms at this point he suggested starting running again, and see how it went.
Over a year on, I'm still runnng - get the occasional back problem, but that is about it.
I'm wondering with this hip arthroscopy procedure, are there any success stories from athletes reading these forums? I've not come accross any. So the question arises, why is such a procedure being recommended by some in the medical profession ?
Crikey, this makes slightly scary reading. Ive been experiencing groin pain for a few years now, mostly a pinching but as no one managed to diagnose, it escalated. It's been something that I've been able to manage but gradually my running style became too funky and the left leg and the left side of my back are permanently tight. Sitting at work day in day out hasn't been much fun and running off road on soft group ain't no picnic either!
Both groins pinch but the right is most painful and has been diagnosed with a labral tear, so I was wondering if anyone had experienced a tear on one side and tightness in the lower back, ITB and knee on the other? I really hope that someone has as I'm all out of possible causes.
I've got to wait for an NHS op in Nov/Dec and obviously hope that the surgeon's work will help stabilise the pelvis. I've been doing the strength and stretching routine for a couple of years religiously and this now seems to be my last throw of the dice.
More on this at this website.... after reading a lot about all of this now, surgery is sounding scary, the worst thing for me to hear would be that running is a thing of the past, so am interested in hearing how people have coped? success stories? I am still going through the RW threads but the first one I found (before returning to RW) was this one, it has the good, the bad and the ugly all in one place and spans over a year, so worth a read for anyone else searching for more info on this..
I have severe groin pain in my left hip. Consultant suggests a labral tear with the option of a total hip replacement in a couple of years. I'm scared! I've run 20 marathons, numerous half marathons and all the usual 10k, 5k, cross country etc. but my hip is slowing me down on hills - both up and down. I'm only 62 and really want to continue running. What should I do?
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