Torn Labrum Hip Reminder

The pain from a torn labrum hip really does have their special place in hell. You wouldn’t believe it and I would not have too, if only I did not see it on one of my friends.

He’s a tough one that friend of mine. He who was somewhat a veteran of nasty crashes and spills on the bike, yet he was reduced to a puddle of tears the time he suffered it.

We were supposed to do jumps on the ramp that day but we didn’t make it unfortunately. I fetched him at his house because he said that he got a new bike assembled and is very excited to take it for a spin. Coming down a flight of stairs from his apartment, he somehow forgot that there were still two steps left, and thinking it was already the ground floor, he took his final step into space, and crashed down hard on the ground still clutching at his new bike.

The doctor said that my friend managed to have a tear on his labrum, a cartilage on the hip joint which main function was to keep the head of the femur in place inside the hip socket, a result that was acquired after performing an impingement test on the hips of my friend.

And although my friend didn’t manage to complete the test performed on him, probably because of the pain in the area that he was experiencing, several x-rays and MRA’s (magnetic resonance arthrography), did cement the doctor’s diagnosis.

He was to have arthroscopic surgery on it to remove the torn labrum and other debris in his hip joint but the doctors thought against it after knowing about my friend’s lifestyle.

Because of the activities that my friend tends to do frequently, operating on his labrum might worsen his condition in the long term they said, as it may lead to more degenerative conditions and probably also of a higher amount of friction in the joint, if they eventually remove the labrum from its place.

They instead opted to the more conservative mode of treatment which was physical therapy. They said it would take him much longer to heal, but his range of motion as well as the strength of the muscles and tendons in the area will be much more solid and beneficial to him in the long run.

He was also to use a SERF (Stability through External Rotation of the Femur) strap on his legs and waist every day to help in his recovery. It is made up of stretchable bands of fabrics, which is usually placed from the hips and winding down to his knees, in-order to keep his range of motion in check and also to make sure that they are within natural limits.

That was a few months ago. Today my friend is generally fine, with only a few clicking noises coming from his hips and the random hip flexor pain that comes and goes, to somewhat remind him of his fateful day. And if there’s any valuable lesson that he learned from that event, it would be of being extra careful using the stairs from now on. An elementary mistake on his part it seems. Glad he recognized it even if it’s already too late. Good job.