Monday, September 29, 2014

Hip pain may be more serious than your doctor recognizes

Many times a hip injury is misdiagnosed as either, "arthritis" or a "dislocation" or "sprain" of the muscle or connective tissue around the hip joint area, when it actually may be from the tearing of the labrum which requires a MRA to diagnose and surgery to repair.

A hip labral tear involves the ring of cartilage, called the labrum, that follows the outside rim of the socket of your hip joint. The labrum acts like a rubber seal or gasket to help hold the ball at the top of your thighbone securely within your hip socket.

Athletes who participate in such sports as ice hockey, soccer, football, golfing and ballet are at higher risk of developing a hip labral tear. Structural abnormalities of the hip also can lead to a hip labral tear.

Many hip labral tears cause no signs or symptoms. Occasionally, however, you may experience one or more of the following:
  • A locking, clicking or catching sensation in your hip joint
  • Pain in your hip or groin
  • Stiffness or limited range of motion in your hip joint
If after 4-6 weeks your injured hip is not showing signs of improvement see your doctor and suggest you would like to have them explore the labral tear identification process to get the relief you seek.