Hip problems are fairly common, but that doesn’t mean people should have to put up with them. Regardless of your age or how active you are, hip pain is an indication of something wrong. At the Carrollton chiropractic office of Dr. Peter Lazarnick (Dr. Pete), we provide a wide array of non-addictive, holistic treatments for people suffering from musculoskeletal disorders. Recently, we discussed treatments for hip bursitis, but this week, we’re taking a look at hip labral tears.
The labrum is the ring of cartilage that seals the ball of a bone into a ball-and-socket joint. We have them on each shoulder and on each side of the pelvis where the femur connects, and we depend on them to allow the joint to rotate smoothly and all the way around. The labrum can be worn away from repeated stress, or it can break from an acute injury. When this happens, the hip may become unstable, it may lock or make a clicking sound when it’s rotated, and it may generate an ache that radiates to the thigh and buttocks.
People are more vulnerable to hip labral tears if they engage in a lot of activities that require them to pivot, such as dance or hockey. This kind of injury is also more common in women and tends to be more painful when a person is standing up or walking on stairs. We’ll make a diagnosis through imaging and tactile tests, including tests of the hip joint’s strength. If we determine a person is suffering from a labral tear, we may recommend soft tissue therapies to reduce inflammation, such as electric muscle stimulation and soft tissue adjustments such as Muscle Energy Technique. We may also recommend physical therapy to strengthen the hip and make it more flexible in the future, and diathermy to improve blood flow.