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Fort Myers Residents Ask me, Dr. Tim Harcourt at Coast Chiropractic Centers, "Do Labral Tears Cause Hip Pain"?

Aug 5, 2021 -- Posted by : Dr.Harcourt

One of the structures that are frequently blamed for hip pain is called the labrum—the rubbery tissue that surrounds the socket helping to stabilize the hip joint. This tissue often wears and tears with age, but it can also be torn as a result of a trauma or sports-related injury.

The clinical significance of a labral tear of the hip is controversial, as these can be found in people who don’t have any pain at all. We know from studies of the intervertebral disks located in the lower back that disk herniation is often found in pain-free subjects—between 20-50% of the normal population.  In other words, the presence of abnormalities on an MRI is often poorly associated with patient symptoms, and the presence of a labral tear of the hip appears to be quite similar.

For instance, in a study of 45 volunteers (average age 38, range: 15–66 years old; 60% males) with no history of hip pain, symptoms, injury, or prior surgery, MRIs reviewed by three board-certified radiologists revealed a total of 73% of the hips had abnormalities, of which more than two-thirds were labral tears.

Another interesting study found an equal number of labral tears in a group of professional ballet dancers (both with and without hip pain) and in non-dancer control subjects of similar age and gender.

Another study showed that diagnostic blocks—a pain killer injected into the hip for diagnostic purposes to determine if it’s a pain generator—failed to offer relief for those with labral tears.

Doctors of chiropractic are trained to identify the origins of pain arising from the low back, pelvis, hip, and knee, all of which can mimic or produce hip symptoms.  Utilizing information derived from a careful history, examination, imaging (when appropriate), and functional tests, chiropractors can offer a nonsurgical, noninvasive, safe method of managing hip pain.

So, if you are experiencing hip pain and you type in a chiropractor near me, and you find that Coast Chiropractic Centers with Dr. Timothy Harcourt, me, comes up.  You may wonder, what is wrong with my hip?  Pain in the hip that starts to affect your activities of daily living is a problem that needs attention. Pickleball is a popular sport right now, but we find many who develop hip pain as a result of doing hip dips. Some patients wonder why walking on Fort Myers Beach or Barefoot Beach would stir their hip up.  I love, Dr. Tim Harcourt, to walk on a beach near me on a very regular basis.  Some who may be concerned about neuropathy may be concerned if this is neuropathic pain. Many who have been diagnosed with neuropathy have been on high-dosage chemicals and wonder why their hip pain remains persistent. Mini Golf, golf, tennis, and pickleball are common sports to cause hip pain. Some try Oxycodone or Hydrocodone to no avail.  Some have tried applying chemical gel to the affected area with temporary relief at best. As a last resort, some type in pain management near me to find relief.  Hopefully, you won’t have the dreaded “bone on bone” x-ray findings but if you do it doesn’t mean surgery is your only option. Obviously, most want to avoid a hip replacement.  Sometimes it can be resolved with conservative non-surgical treatment. Persistent or worsening pain intensity and/or frequency necessitate a visit to see a professional before it becomes a surgical case.  Call me, Dr. Tim Harcourt, at (239) 278-3344 and mention this article for an awesome discounted first visit to include history, exam, and hip adjustment or first Class IV high-intensity laser treatment.

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