9 months injured going up the walls
Physio in Blackheath wrote (see)
Have a look at a condition called Femero-acetabular impingment (FAI).
From scanning through this thread I'm not sure whether a correct diagnosis has actually been made? At the very least my recommendation would be to get a referral to an orthopaedic surgeon. I was diagnosed with FAI after a series of physio appointments and scans including x-ray and MRI which didn't show anything. No amount of resting or exercises is going to change an underlying condition which essentially involves lumpy bone rubbing against and inflaming cartilage; not that this is necessarily what is going on, but unless it's ruled out you may not make much progress.
Might also want to get a scan of your lower spine - there is a possibility that all of the pain you experience is in fact referred pain and that you may have a compressed disc which is causing a squeeze on the nerves - something I suffered with just after I fractured the neck of my right femur in 2009 (which was misdiagnosed by two physios, my GP and a specialist who only took an x-ray image) that presented very similar symptoms. MRi scan showed both injuries. Hip fixed with a dynamic hip screw and compressed disc managed by means of mega back and piriformus type stretches has allowed me to get back on the road and since then completed 9 half-marathons and 5 marathons/ultras. Really good stretch for the back highlighted on this site at the moment.
Read this, Many groin strains are misdiagnosed by underskilled people. You may have a sports hernia, sometimes undetectable by MRI and doesnt show a bulge but remains unhealed because of specific tears in a specific muscle area and cannot heal properly remianing weak and painful..
Thanks for posting Neas
To all following this thread I was eventually diagnosed with femoroacetabular impingement with labral tear and had an operation at xmas 2012 to fix it. There is a specific thread for this condition on this website and I have been posting regularly on there.
Currently rehabbing, but it seems I have similar condition on my other hip too which will require an op at some point.
Neas - your are not wrong I certainly felt I was treated initially by underskilled professionals - especially my first physio who was pathetic really. My 2nd physio is excellent.
I fail to see how anyone with a groin injury can be immediately assumed to have some sort of slight groin strain. Groin pain can be from a number of causes, and if it lingers then hip issues have to be considered. Here I am nearly 2 years after first getting symptoms still quite some way from activity, with probably a further op to look forward to!!!
Good to see your getting sorted Parklife. I've put up with many mis diagnosed injuries over the years beggars belief how some of these people get employed.I know you can't take a sledgehammer to crack but I find the best people are those who have been in sport at some time and not just reading books.
Mine has existed for over 7 months and its not getting better or worse for that fact. More like a pendicitis dull ache that just makes the whole area feel weak. Strong core is so important and the surrounding muscles that hold the hip flexors need to be strong not just abs and back. Great advice from an ex Briitsh cycling physio. No ultrasound, no massage, just biomechanics and regular strength work.
Keep us updated with progress mate
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