Hip (Acetabular) Labral Tear
The hip joint is the largest ball and socket joint in the body. This joint is surrounded by and lined with soft tissue (tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and labrum) that helps to stabilize the femoral head (ball) within the acetabular fossa (socket).
The acetabular labrum is a cup-like rim of fibrocartilage that surrounds the ball (femoral head) of the joint and deepens the socket (acetabular fossa) for the femoral head to sit in. It's depth creates a suction effect providing stability in the joint by holding the femoral head in the socket.
A hip labral tear most often occurs in the lip of the fibrocartilage along the rim of the labrum. Although it is not common, if there's a loose piece of cartilage from the tear, it may catch within the joint and cause a snapping sensation known snapping hip syndrome. Injury to the labrum, or any of the other stabilizing tissues, can cause the joint to weaken, misalign and/or become unstable. This leaves the hip at further risk of injury and/or dislocation.
Symptoms of Hip Labral Tears
Hip labral tear symptoms are similar to other conditions such as groin strain, sports hernia, and snapping hip syndrome making it difficult to diagnose. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms we recommend you see a doctor for a proper diagnosis.
- A snapping or clicking in the hip joint
- A sharp catching pain in the hip that may be felt in the front (anterior) thigh
- Pain deep in the groin
- An unstable feeling in the hip, like it may give way
- The pain may become worse when the hip is flexed or internally rotated
- A limited range of motion in the hip
- Difficulty sleeping on the injured side
Causes of Acetabular Labral Tears
A labral tear in the hip joint can be a result of degeneration of the tissue over time or from a traumatic (acute) injury.
People with extremely flexible hip joints, such as dancers, gymnasts, and yoga enthusiast are at greater risk of a degenerative tear. A degenerative tear occurs with repetitive use and activity wearing down the tissue. Without proper healing time, the worn tissue eventually weakens and tears. A degenerative labral tear is often an early sign of hip arthritis.
An acute labral tear happens immediately during an accident, fall or sports injury. A sudden twist or blow to the hip joint may cause the hip to dislocate (subluxation) and the labrum to tear.
Treating Your Torn Labrum
Initial treatment of a torn labrum in the hip should focus on resting your hip and reducing the inflammation to help relieve pain. Minor labral tears are best treated with non-invasive therapies such as cold compression and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®).
- Cold compression will control pain and swelling.
- Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy will heal your labrum faster, increase the length and elasticity of soft tissue and improve the overall health of all the tissue in the joint by delivering an abundance of nutrients to the area.
During your recovery, you may have to modify and/or eliminate any activities that cause pain or discomfort in your hip joint and leg until your pain and inflammation settle, and you gain more mobility and strength in your acetabular joint. The more diligent you are with your treatment and rehabilitation, the faster you will see successful results!
Freezie Wrap® Cold Compression Therapy
To decrease inflammation and relieve the pain of a labral tear doctor's recommend cold compression therapy. Cold compression therapy within the first 72 hours of an injury to your acetabular labrum or following surgery is an effective way to relieve pain and swelling while limiting the amount of damage done to your tissue. In addition, cold compression therapy can reduce, or even eliminate, the need for NSAIDs that can be harmful to your body.
The Back/Hip Freezie Wrap® is the cold compression tool you need to treat your labral tear and other joint tissue in an effective and convenient way.
Cold compression therapy works by interrupting and slowing nerve and cell function in the injured area and reducing swelling that can block blood vessels. This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry oxygen and nutrients to your labrum and tissue cells begin to break-down. Without cold compression therapy, cellular break-down and tissue damage continues as the cells do not get the oxygen they need to survive. By limiting the amount of damage done to your tissue, you also limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is a very important step to heal your labral tear faster and with less pain!
The deep cooling effect provided by the Hip Freezie Wrap® reduces tissue damage. Furthermore, because cold compression gently numbs the nerves, the wraps also reduce pain!
The Hip Freezie Wrap® uses a supercharged cooling gel pack, that chills in the fridge, not in the freezer like ice or other freezer packs, giving you deep cold therapy without the risk of 'cold burns' or cryoburn. The medical-grade wrap delivers cold right where you need it.
Once the inflammation of your labral tear has been reduced, nourishing and strengthening the labrum and surrounding tissue is recommended. Using blood flow stimulation therapy will speed your recovery and heal your acetabular joint more completely preparing it for strengthening exercises. Talk to your doctor or physical therapist to find out which exercises are appropriate for your situation.
Inferno Wrap® Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy
After severe inflammation and swelling is reduced you can begin to treat your hip with blood flow stimulation therapy. BFST® increases the amount of blood that flows naturally to your hip to nourish your labrum to speed healing.
The acetabular joint naturally receives a limited blood supply and when you stop moving your hip because it hurts the blood flow is reduced even further, limiting your body's natural ability to heal itself.
By treating your hip joint with BFST® you can increase your body's blood supply to the hip and increase your body's natural healing power.
An Inferno Wrap® is the tool you need to treat your sore hip because it speeds healing and relaxes the surrounding muscles. With BFST®, tissues are safely and gently stimulated. Your body responds with a rapid increase in blood flow to the area, increasing the supply of oxygen and nutrients to injured tissue cells to promote healing. The Back/Hip Inferno Wrap® from MendMeShop® provides effective, non-invasive, non-addictive pain relief and healing with no side effects.
In addition, the improved blood flow helps reduce the risk of atrophy in your muscles. When you stop moving your leg and hip due to pain, your muscles and other tissue can become weaker and dead cells and toxins in the area can cause further tissue deterioration - this can lead to atrophy in your quadriceps, hamstrings and other leg muscles. By clearing the area of toxins and increasing the amount of oxygen and nutrients to your labrum and other tissue, the risk of atrophy (muscle weakness and/or deterioration) is greatly reduced. Keeping your upper leg and hip joint tissue as healthy as possible throughout the healing process will allow you to improve hip strength again once your pain has gone and your labral tear has healed.
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