When I engage in physical activities like running or playing with my dogs, I am especially careful to avoid accidents or falls. Accidents or falls are among the common reasons why some people are sent to the emergency room and I know this being an ER nurse.
One of the major effects of accidents or falls is an injury to the hip area. At its worse, it may require a person to undergo hip surgery which could take a while to heal. More often, it requires the patient to strictly observe anterior hip precautions to avoid complications.
Another condition that commonly results from accidents or falls is a torn labrum hip. The labrum refers to the cartilage surrounding the socket in the hip joint. This part helps the joint become more stable yet flexible in motion. Injuries or tears in the labrum hip can be uncomfortable and painful. There are other factors that may cause a tear in the labrum hip such as repetitive activities that entail frequent use of the labrum hip or an early stage of hip arthritis. However, accidents account for most cases of this hip injury. It normally happens when a person suddenly twists which in turn causes pain in the hip. It could also occur when a person accidentally falls and impacts the hip area.
It can be difficult to diagnose a tear in the hip labrum because many of its symptoms are also manifested by other health problems such as hernia, groin strain and snapping hip syndrome. Also, even if the tear is seen in an MRI, doctors cannot immediately conclude that the pain is caused by the tear since other conditions might also be involved. Some of the symptoms to look for include pain in the groin area, snapping and clicking sensations in the hips, and limited movement of the hip joint. Other tests like X-ray of the hips and MRI can also help in the diagnosis.
If you do have a labrum hip tear, doctors will normally recommend you to rest. The inflammation in the torn area will normally settle down once you fully rest and avoid strenuous activities for several days. Once the inflammation subsides, the pain and other symptoms will also alleviate, allowing you to return to normal activity. While resting, you could also take anti-inflammatory medications to diminish the inflammation. In some cases, physical therapy may also be needed by those with labrum hip tear. This kind of treatment can help strengthen and balance the muscles in the hip joint. Cortisone injection can also be useful to help determine the cause of the pain.
If all the basic treatments fail, the last resort is normally a hip arthroscopy. For this type of treatment, a surgeon will insert a small camera in the hip joint to assess the labral tear and check the condition of important ligaments, joints and other structures. And the subsequent treatment normally depends on the condition of all the structures in the hip area.
Even ordinary accidents from your day-to-day work can cause you to have a tear in the hip labrum. That is why I tell my friends to always be extra careful because accidents and falling can result in some complexities to their health.