Hip Labral Tear: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

by Administrator 5. February 2016 09:57

The Hip Labral Tear affects the cartilage ring that surrounds the outer ring of the hip joint. This ring is called labrum and it acts as a gasket to hold the ball of the thigh bone within the hip joint socket. The labrum helps to stabilize the hip joint besides protecting the joint surface. A labrum tear can result from an injury or due to inherent structural abnormalities. Most of the patients recover within a few weeks of conservative treatment but in case of a complete labral tear, surgery may be required. A Hip Labral Tear can weaken the joint, put stress on the constituent bones and can lead to Osteoarthritis in the future.

Causes

  • Sports injury incurred by athletes who participate in ice hockey, golf, ballet and soccer
  • Abnormalities in the structure of the hip joint may cause the weakening of the joint
  • Dislocation in the hip joint can lead to wear and tear of the labrum
  • Activities that involve repetitive twisting and pivoting of the hip joint can stress the labrum causing a tear
  • The labrum can also get torn if the patient is suffering from Osteoarthritis of hip

Symptoms

  • The Hip Labral Tear generally does not have any apparent symptoms but one or more the following signs may occur:
  • Pain in the groin, pelvic or hip joint area
  • The hip joint may have restricted movement due to stiffness
  • A snapping, clicking or locking sensation in the hip joint
  • Radiating pain on the side or at the back of the hip

Diagnosis

  • The orthopedic doctor may conduct a detailed analysis of the activities that cause pain, dietary habits, medical history of the patient and his family, besides the details of the symptoms experienced.
  • Physical examination of the affected joint by moving the hip and legs in various directions to observe the patient’s gait
  • X-ray imaging to analyze extent of damage to the bone structure
  • MRI scan may be recommended to evaluate the condition of the soft tissues and ligaments

Treatment

  • Physical therapy may be recommended for stability and strengthening of the hip joint
  • Prescription of anti inflammatory pain killers for relief
  • Arthroscopic surgery may be performed in case of labral tear using fiber optic cameras and specific tools to repair the torn part

We, at OrthoTexas, provide effective treatment for Hip Labral Tear. For appointment with our orthopedic surgeons in Plano, TX, call at (972) 985 – 1072.

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Sports-Related Back Injuries

by Administrator 10. December 2013 11:01

Injuries to the spine are common while participating in various sports. These injuries can occur in any part of the spine, and are the major cause of sports-related back injuries. Other causes of these injuries include trauma to the soft tissue and fascia which are an essential component of the back structure. Injuries to the lower back or neck comprise up to 20% of all sports injuries. The various types of sports-related back injuries include:

  • Upper back injury: These injuries are usually caused by a rib fracture or intercostal muscle strains, in sports like swimming, golf, tennis, skiing, and weight training with rotation, all of which involve the torso. It is rare for these injuries to be associated with spinal injury, owing to the relative immobility and extra support to the thoracic spine.
  • Lower back injury: Being subjected to a large amount of strain in various sports, the lower back is relatively more prone to sports-related injuries. These injuries usually occur in sports like running, golf, weightlifting, etc., which involve repetitive impact, twisting motions, or end of range-of-motion weight loading.
  • Neck injury: Neck injury is commonly witnessed in contact sports like football, in which the cervical spine is subjected to a great amount of stress, increasing the chances of neck injury.

Completing a warm-up before all types of sports can help to decrease the chances of back injuries. These warm-ups should be specific to the sport being played and should include increased circulation through easy movements; stretching exercises focusing on the lower and upper back, as well as the hamstrings and quadriceps; and slow initiation of the sports movements.

If you are suffering from a sports-related back injury, you can seek help from various sports-related experts at OrthoTexas. It is advisable to choose a sports medicine specialist with experience in your particular sport. Someone with this kind of expertise can help you to learn the correct form for a new sport or help to develop a proper technique for your current sport, which can help to decrease the chances of a future back injury.

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