Blog Talk – Hip Labral Tears (Episode 1)

Blog Talk. Hip Labal Tear. Episode 1.

Think you have a hip labral tear? Have you been told that the only option is surgery? Well, that is not true for most people. It has become a popular surgery in the past decade, but is it only because we now have imaging to see them?

This blog talk is dedicated to one of the most popular Blog Posts: FAI- Hip Labral Tear: Is It Surgery Worthy?  I receive a lot of emails and comments (which I do love), but many of you have the same questions.

This Video Podcast explains Hip Labral Tears visually, answers the most common questions and, hopefully, leads you in the direction to try physical therapy first before even considering surgery.

If you have or think you have a hip labral tear, it’s worth the time to listen. Less than 10 minutes.

Blog Talk is A Video Podcast of Physical Therapy, Healthy Movement and Patient Stories.

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  1. Ann Powell on April 5, 2018 at 11:17 AM

    In 2009 I had Hip Labral Tear Surgery.
    Been doing well since up until the last 2 months. Can’t get comfortable. Pain right side (surgical side) hip, glute down the right side of leg.
    Back hurts, stiff neck.
    I had an MRI, labral tear looks perfect, mild arthritis.
    Had an injection of Toradol and Lidocaine to try and pin point the spot where the pain is coming from at Orthopedist Office

    My husband is an ER Doc and thinks I have Piriformis Syndrome but not confirmed yet by Orthopedist. I need some relief. Feeling like I should
    find someone just like you who understands and can at least help me figure out where the pain is coming from.

    • Lori Duncan DPT, MTC, CPT on April 29, 2018 at 3:56 AM

      Hi Ann. If your hip joint is clear, then it is likely myofascial. Have you worked on your core/glutes recently to try and see if that helps your pain? Or, did your spine come back positive? In any case. you need core/glute to heal your pain. Let me know if you have further questions.

  2. Karen on April 6, 2018 at 7:30 PM

    I had my right hip tear repaired last April, it tore again. PT only aggravated it, also my spine, back and left hip have become compromised. I am overweight, but struggle driving or going to the store because of the pain. Now I cannot find a Dr shi takes my insurance. I am miserable..50 years old and in constant pain!

  3. Joe on April 24, 2022 at 4:39 PM

    57 year old male with Moderate arthritis of the hips. I have in the past had a few instances of hip pain when moving a certain way or using inserts in my sneakers but never anything serious. About 9 months ago I was working a lot and started going to the gym after a 6 or 7 year layoff. I was doing weighted sit-ups in a chair where you bring your head and knees together…weight behind head and on feet . Well I started having problems getting in and out of my vehicle, getting up when in a seated position, and pain just trying to sleep at night when it feels like my hip joint is coming out when I move. I suspect labral tears on both sides because of this or a lot of heavy lifting at work. I went to one orthopedic doctor and she took an Xray and said I have moderate arthritis and she wanted to prescribe steroids, cortisone shots in the hips but NO physical therapy??? She said if they didn’t work I’d be a good candidate for hip replacement surgery. I spoke to this doctor for 10 minutes!!! I’m scheduled to take my Xrays to a second doctor in a couple of weeks, in the mean time I got a referral from my regular doctor for Physical Therapy to improve my range of motion. My question is “is Hip Replacement my only option because of the Moderate arthritis, bone spurs and possible labral tear??? Can I still be helped by core strength, glute work? Or am I to far gone? I do NOT WANT to have 2 Hip replacement surgeries.

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