Thank you! This helped a lot. I am going in on the 9th to see what the orthopedic surgeon says and crossing my fingers that I won't need surgery... I have a lot of pain when I exercise and worry I will have to stop and it sounds very costly even with insurance. :( My job is also very active so time off would be a must... But thank you so much for sharing your situation with me. I'm glad they were able to figure it out and wish you the best!
I started having pain in my hip in early August 2011, but found when I got running the pain would subside, so I just tried to lessen the run distances and was taking ibuprofen and icing after runs. I visited the Orthopedic doctor in September and he said it was likely a mild tear, and prescribed an anti-inflammatory. They also did x-rays and noted that my hip was misshapen buy just minimally, as I was born and treated a birth with Hip Dysplasia. (Of note many woman have this and are unaware of it) This helped a bit, so I continued my marathon training. I continued till Mid October when the pain started to get worse. It was a sharp pain in the front side off my hip, and was especially painful when rotated, such as when getting out of a low car. Back to the Orthopedist I went, and this time he suggested I get a MRI with Contrast. This showed that my labrum was torn quite a bit and I also had arthritis in my hip. The doctor suggested I first treat with anti inflammatory and Physical Therapy, and no running. I tried to bargain with him since I was ~ 2 months away from my marathon, and he begrudgingly agreed (I gave him no choice) that I would not run till 2 weeks before the marathon (give hip time to heal) and then If I must I could do the marathon, knowing full well that I would have to do a lot of walking to finish. I did just that, with the potential for needing surgery increased. After returning from the marathon, which ironically did not hurt as much as I thought.....in fact soreness was gone by end of the day after. I came home for another MRI with contrast and I had increased the damage and schedule the surgery. I have to note, that my slightly misshapen hip and socket contributed to this, and my arthritis will be there forever, but I only feel a slight ache every now and again, when the weather is shifting.
The good thing for me was that aside from a week post surgical, I never had to miss work, as I only had pain during rotation of the hip and could sit in a chair just fine.
I would also add that my mother in law, also tore her labrum, and was able to heal without surgery , but it took over 3 1/2 months of meds and PT.
Hope this helps, and feel free to post any follow-up questions
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Hello, I have a few questions for ya. How did you know you had the tear? What made you see the doc? Did you know when it started? I am having pain in my hip and I am praying it's not the labrum. I have a coworker that thinks that is what it is. Where you out of work for a long time? Thanks for your time!!
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So my damage was worse than they expected, but I am just over 2 week out from surgery and I am doing great. I am walking just fine. They have me cycling and doing exercises, and I should be able to start some jogging again next week. So far (knocking on wood) my pain is gone.
What they did was trim the torn labrum, and then they did some reshaping on my socket and then drilled small holes in the thigh bone to allow the stems cells to weep and help with new growth and repair. Post Surgical pain was minimal, but I credit a good deal of that to the Game Ready machine that I rented for recovery. What it does is ice and compression at a steady temperature. I had it programmed to one off every 30 minutes for the first 5 days. The rental was not very expensive and they even submitted a claim to my insurance for reimbursement.
I will was also told I would likely need hip replacement , but by having surgery now, I have pushed it out to my 70's rather than my 40's. This i great since the average lifespan of a replacement is hip is only ~ 20 yrs.
Let me know if you have questions... and if your in CT I would definitely recommend my doctor, John McCallum of CT Orthopedic.
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I have not had arthroscopy but also have a labral tear in my hip. I was also diagnosed with moderated osteoarthritis in the same hip. I was told that arthroscopy could be a treatment but they (doctors) didn't know if it would help the pain because they couldn't tell which problem is causing the pain. So, needless to say, I was told that within 10 years I would need the hip replaced and to keep going as I am and when it is bad enough, I will be back. Think I need a second opinion.
I would love to hear how yours went and what the effects are in the event I need to go this route. I am still running and training for 1/2 the last weekend in March.
"TREAT THE EARTH WELL. IT WAS NOT GIVEN TO YOU BY YOUR PARENTS. IT WAS LOANED TO YOU BY YOUR CHILDREN."
Hi All, In training for my Marathon I learned I had a hip defect that in turn caused a Labral tear. As a result I am going in for Hip surgery at the end of this week and wanted to see if any other folks have been though the procedure. I would love to hear about recovery experiences and if and when you were able to run again. I am having a Hip Arthroscopy with Labral Debridement and Osteoplasty. In Lamens terms they will go in and clean up the tear and damaged ligament, then shave some bone and then pop some holes in the bone to release stem cells and promote new growth.
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