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I'm new to this site. I'm 34 years old. I've been dealing with hip and low back pain for 51/2 years. I recently was finally diagnosed with a Labral tear in my left hip. I have know something was wrong since it happened. I was stretching and it just popped. Excruciating pain. At first it was in the groin but after about a month it moved into the piriformis area. Saw a surgeon who diagnosed me with a groin strain and piriformis syndrome. Since then, I have had 2 meniscus tears and knee surgeries, diagnosed with IT band syndrome, SI Joint Dysfunction, Ligament laxity, problems with muscles, etc etc. Done tones of PT, massage, chiropractors, acupuncture, other body work. Did seven sets of prolotherapy on my hip, pubic synthesis and sacrum to try and strengthen the ligaments. Ouch. Before the pop I had no pain problems but I do remember my hip getting "caught" sometimes after sitting for long periods. I would have to sort of "unhook". Didn't think anything of it, except maybe I was sitting too long.
Started Anusara yoga about 11/2 years ago. AMAZING. I got so much better. Knee pain was gone. my back pain started to feel better. I could still feel slight, dull pain deep in the hip socket but otherwise I felt almost normal on some days! I thought I had found the solution. And not only had I found the solution, but I'd found my passion that I have been searching for, for so long.
Then, while my husband and I were working on remodeling a house we bought, the right side of my sacrum started to pull out. This has scared me a lot. I had it happen on the left for so long but now on the right??!!
I've gone back to the surgeon in town and gotten a cortozone shot. Didn't do much for me. Also started doing basic pelvic tilts and core work again to try and restabalize my SI Joint. Some moments are better than others.This surgeon mentioned fixing the labral tear and then possibly shaving the bone b/c he thought it looked like I may have a bone protrusion (which I think may be a pincer lesion). He is supposed to be good but the PT suggested seeing someone with more experience.
I have an appointment with Dr. Stubbs at Wake Forest in August to get a second opinion to see if he can answer some of my questions. He has done fellowships under Dr. Marc Philippon of Steadman Hawkins Clinic. My fear is that the pelvic and Sacral issues I've struggled with won't go away after surgery. I hope they do. Has anyone experienced similar pain. I think I read through most of the posts but may have missed some. How about yoga after FAI or labral tears. Do any of you practice and have you been able to return to your practice afterward?
I appreciate reading the posts and am aprehensive about surgery but also looking forward to the possibility of being pain free!!!
I just joined because after 7 yrs of constant pain I have finally been diagnosed w/a labral tear. I have my first appointment on Monday to consult for a surgery. I would like to know how to find a a good doctor. I live near Seattle and know some basic questions to ask but I have never had any major medical problems so I am lost with making sure I get the best medical care I can. Does anyone know of any doctors in Wa or the surrounding states that specialize in surgically repairing labral tears?
How is the hip you got treated by Dr McCarthy doing?
I was treated for a torn labrum by him 9 months ago and recently tore my labrum again. I saw another doctor and he said I have FAI. Dr McCarthy apparently does not believe FAI is the cause of labral tears and therefore does not address this diagnosis.
Thanks in advance for sharing your story.
First of all, Thanks guys for this great topic and all your feedbacks about hip labral tears issue.
I wasn't actually having any pain in my left hip just from time to time ( like once in a month) my left leg gets locked suddenly after running a few meters, it was awkward feeling at the beginning.
I went to the orthopedician and he told me lets have an x-ray, in the x-ray he saw a small torn from the cartilage and that's why he said to me you have a hip labral minor tear.
Anyway, I stopped running from that moment. I only swim, weight lifting and a few boxing on sandbag, sometimes I do elliptical.
Now, I'm 26 years old. I don't feel any pain in my hip just little discomfort for the moment, and im doing great with my swimming and weight lifting.
My question is: Do I have to do the arthroscopy surgery or not? my fear is, someone told me if you didn't do it later on you will have hip replacement surgery:(.
Just to put you guys in the picture I'm from saudi arabia, there is no such surgery for this cases can be conducted here .
Thanks a lot
Hi Runner from Saudi
I think you need to post on this forum which is currently active.
Also if you are closer to the UK in terms of medical care http://http://injuryupdate.com.au/. Aussie site but more British bloggers.
I found this board by searching 'labral tear of hip', and it's a relief to find so many who've had good experiences with this procedure. I'm also a powerlifter, 37, I've gone thru L meniscus removal, Artificial Disc Replacement in my lumbar spine, and now the hip that I thought was going out due to changes in my spine spacing is actually a labral tear (anterior i believe). I gave up true powerlifting a while back, for obvious reasons, but I've been very concerned (and postponed my ortho/MRI and any further surgical discussion) about the surgery - I've heard and my surgeon confirmed taht often after a cleanup surgery, you're buying 5-10 years before needing a hip replacement? Is this true as far as you guys know?
My problem started about a year ago, thinking it might have been from when my horse fell on me (oh yeah, great fun). I'd train legs, then suddenly w/o warning my hip would catch and "go out" on me. I'd have to limp every so many min for a day or two, then it'd calm down. So I quit training legs, and was talking with my back surgeon about possible neurological problems. Then I had a job that required a lot of standing, and my hip turned into a sensation of broken glass - not even my leftover pain killers could get me thru a day with success.Then my back surgeon suggested I see his mentor at Cedars Sinai, who confirmed my torn labrum.
Has anyone heard of Dr. Paiement at Cedars Sinai? Since he's Dr. Rasouli's mentor, I have great faith - my back is a miracle!
I"ve been discussing trying stem cell therapy first - apparently there's a doctor doing it within the confines of the FDA with some success in San Diego.
Would love to learn from those of you who've been researching longer and going thru the procedures.
Thanks, many blessings for happy holidays!
Female Powerlifter 310
Sorry to hear about all your pain. If you have a Labrel Tear and it sounds like you're in CA... I would check out Dr. Kramer in Newport Beach.
He works on alot of pro-Athletes in the extreme sports variety... from motorcross to surfing. He did this hip procedcure on Kelly Slater.
Also many pro football players are having this done and I don't the procedure means your only years away from needing a new hip. And when you have a labral tear you need to check for FAI as well. Did your doctor check for that too? If you have FAI and you fix the Labral Tear and NOT the FAI... your hip bone will just tear it again.
I thought I had a labrel tear but after MRI's I think I might have a sports hernia or my right side. It's been a couple of years now and now I have pains on my left side too from my body overcompensating. Very frustrating as you I'm sure are aware.
Oh yeah with a name like FemalePowerLifter 310... the 310... I'm guessing that is a lift you do... so do you Bench 310lbs or is that what you curl... haha
Hi there everyone,
I had the labral hip athroscopic repair 1 month ago and am experiencing pudendal nerve damage (numbess in the genital regions)... The MD said that this is normal after the surgery because of the traction they have you in... Has anyone else experienced this also? How long did it take to recover? and did it recover on its own?
I had surgery for my right hip 2 years ago with Dr McCarthy. I now need surgery on my left hip. I was wondering whether there are any other surgeons that are highly recommended in the Boston/ Newton area these days.
Hi Swim56. I am having the surgery with Dr. Bryan Kelly at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York. So far - his team has been amazing. He comes highly recommended by a lot of professional athletes as well. Check him out at www.bryankellymd.com. Also - I saw an Anthony Schena in Waltham a while back, http://www.prosportsortho.com/Dr_Anthony_Schena.html. He was really good too - his office works with Boston Marahton runners.
Thanks for the info on Dr. Kramer! I'd put this out of my mind as I had a healer / chiropractor adjust my hip (frightening!) and it got much better / quit catcing / no pain... then I trained a boot camp class yesterday, did too much, and started researching this again... then I got notifications from this site... well it IS a full moon tonight. =)
Yes it is FAI and torn Labrum, also lacking enough cartillage. So they want to reshape the acetabular head, suture down the labrum, then do microfracturing to create more cartillage and the doc I saw wanted to reshape the head of the bone to fit better - the latter part was what put me at a screetching halt. I'm a 6' 200 lb girl, and something tells me making a hip bone thinner, no matter how it might help now, is gonna equal a broken hip later. Plus I'm an equestrian now, and having been as strong as I have been, don't really want to second guess G-d on the bone thickness thing.
The more I research the more it seems that the surgery is so new that there isn't much long term data for us to review. I just don't know, my doubts still outweigh any benefits. But then again, I limped for a second yesterday and woke up in a load of pain this morning... sigh.
Yeah that sounds like the routine they do for FAI / Labrum Tear. What doctor suggested all that? Did you go see Dr. Kramer?
Any surgery is always a concern right but I think the shaving down the Head of the Hip bone is standard. A while ago when I thought I had this I read that something like 8 or 9 out of 10 people have growth on their hip like that. So I think shaving it down to fit properly will probably take it back to being normal. It's like the Big Round peg don't fit in the small round hole. But of course the doctor can answer that better.
Are you in Southern Cal?
If you haven't gone to see Dr. Kramer you should. As I mentioned he works on alot of professional athletes and he's the Team Doctor for the World Surfing Tour... And I'm sure you know who Kelly Slater is almost everyone does... he's pretty much the Michael Jordan of surfing and has 10 world titles. Dr. Kramer is a hip specialist and Kelly had the Labrum / FAI procedure from Dr. Kramer about 7 or 8 years ago and after that went on to win several more world titles and he's still winning world titles at about age 40. So you will be in Great Hands with Dr. Kramer. You obviously sound like a kick *** athlete and when you go into his exam rooms and the hallways you will see a ton of pictures of extreme athletes from surfers, skateboarders, motorcross pros on the walls thanking Dr. Kramer. And these pros, when they wipeout, man do they hit so hard they can really break apart. I'm a really athletic guy too so I appreciate seeing the Wall of Fame Pictures of all those pros giving their testimonials. So I was impressed by his Wall of Fame and being your a 6'0 - 200lbs Powerlifter, they will like you... I mean NOT many 6'0 200lb powerlifter girls walking around... I'm sure you'll be on their Wall of Fame too, haha.
As for me, I just had Sports Hernia Surgery about 1 month ago. Healing slowly... I was healing and feeling great until 2 weeks post-op when I had to pick up my mom from the airport and like a total MORON I just instinctively lifted her big suitcase into my car to help her and soon after I hurt really bad for almost 10 days and thought I ripped open surgery. But it's been feeling better so maybe I will be ok. I sure HOPE.
But the reason why I bring up my surgery is I was misdiagnosed for about 4 years from Hernia Doctors even Dr. Kramer. But to justify Dr. Kramer and don't blame his for not knowing, a Sports Hernia is NOT in his wheelhouse. And he recommended me to go see a Hernia Specialst who got it wrong too, haha. But a Sports Hernia is tricky to find and it does NOT show up on MRI's or X-rays so you have to find a very experienced Sports Hernia doctor and there are very few of them. I ended up flying up to San Jose to get it done by a really good specialist.
However I kept hoping it would go away and over the 4 years I think I damaged other parts of my body from the OverCompensation. I would give anything to go back in time and get the surgery right away. Sports Hernias do NOT heal on their own. They are NOT the same as a regular hernia and much more complicated. It's not even hernia it's more like a groin tear but they call it a sports hernia, kind of a misnomer. But now that I'm in recovery I just hope all the other problems I have from waiting so long... I hope I didn't wait too long and the new issues I have go away. So in your case too, I wouldn't wait too long. My problem was I kept going to Hernia doctors who kept telling me they didn't think I had a sports hernia and probably had a really bad strain and it would go away on it own. WRONG and I'm kind of mad at the world about it because from Day 1 when the pain really started happening 4 years ago and after doing research I concluded I had a Sports Hernia and I told every doctor I went to and they kept saying no they didn't think I had that.
Well it turns out they were All WRONG and it cost me 4 years and alot more pain issues developed in the past 18 months. Its kind of like when you have something wrong with your car and the mechanic says get it fixed or you could have alot more problems but you still do NOT get it fixed. Then like a year later it leads to like 9 more things breaking down and a HUGE BILL and you think damn IF I just fixed that first problem 9 months none of this other stuff would have broken. So after my experience if you need surgery, get it sooner than later.
Oh yeah, how did that Stem Cell Therapy go?? That sounds interesting.
I'm 21 years old and I am in my 5th week of crutches after my intervention. First off, thanks for all the tips that I leanrt reading these posts, it's defentely very instructive and it feels good to know we are not alone. I had my operation after two years of pain in the right hip apparently due to kick boxing, unfortunetly I had no other solution but painkillers to get over the pain. (even yoga didn't work).
I am actually just asking for rehabilitation tips to those of you who are experienced in the subject, I see some of you already had several similar interventions. Like what exercise are the best? How to control the pain?
I'll admitt that right now, more than the pain is the fact that I'm just really scared, and anxious on how I'm going to be, if I'll recover fast, completly... (If you have advice on that too, all is welcome!)
The thing is that I can feel i am way better, I swim a lot and I can feel my leg well, feel the pain slowly moving away, but when I bring my knee towards the inside, there is still a point where it stings, and now I wonder if that's ever gonna go away, that's what scares me!
Finally, if I can give an advice to the people that might be reading this, that have this pain but haven't gotten an operation yet, don't make it worse!!! by continuing sports like I did pretending it's going to go away, go see a surgeon and follow his steps carefully. For example mine advised me 6 months of "physio" (I'm from switzerland I don't know how you call them in the states maybe something like "karopracter") to see if the pain can go away naturally, then go for an operation. Bottom line is do it quick and don't hesitate to get surgery, i wish I went earlier.
Good luck to all of you!!!
Go to Vail Colorado. There is no other surgeon to trust your body to. You have to put your faith and trust in the right place and free yourself of the responsability to know all about it. He knows all about it. Get it fixed and get on with your life.