Torn Labrum Hip
The labrum is a soft elastic tissue that forms a ring around the edge of the bony socket of the hip joint. It acts as a socket to hold the ball at the top of the thighbone (femur) in place. It also aids to provide stability to the joints by deepening the socket but also allows flexibility and motion.
A torn labrum hip usually results from injury, repetitive movements that causes wear-and-tear to the hip joints or degeneration such as those caused by osteoarthritis. Athletes who participate in activities like soccer, ice hockey and ballet also have a high risk of developing the condition.
Torn Labrum Hip Symptoms
Gaining an injury to the hip labrum brings a number of symptoms and these are the following:
- Pain: Usually isolated to the hip, but may be spread out into the groin area. Intensity may depend on the severity of the injury as well as the individual’s activity level.
- Locking: Is a “catching” sensation within the hip.
- Stiffness: Can be triggered by activity or inactivity but is commonly the result of blood rushing to the injured tissue, causing it to swell. The tissue then becomes tense and stiff.
- Asymptomatic: For some people, a torn labrum hip may cause no symptoms, not even pain. In such cases, an individual may not know of the injury until the tear worsens.
Torn Labrum Hip Exercises
Having a torn labrum hip, a person should follow a program of exercises to restore proper range of motion on the hip joint. Some of the exercises performed by persons with the condition are:
- Standing Hip Flexor Stretch is done to help allow the recovery of the body from a torn labrum. It is done by taking a stride forward then bending at the waist and knee until the front part of the thigh is seen parallel to the ground. Keep the ball and toes at the back foot on the ground, keeping the back leg as straight as possible to increase the gravity of the stretch. Keeping the hands on the waist and maintaining balance in the said position at the same time aiming to stretch the muscles further should relax the hip flexor more.
- Piriformis Stretch is done to mobilize the hip joint through its capable range of motion. This is done by sitting down on a chair, keeping one foot flat on the floor, with the other leg crossed at the thigh. Begin stretching by leaning in at the waist. Make sure that the spine is kept as straight as possible.