I have been a physical therapist since 2005, and from the very first twinge I felt in my hips, I knew exactly what it was. I avoided surgery for years, but in 2019, I knew it was time. Because I work with a lot of people who have hip labral tears, with or without surgery, I knew what to expect. Not everyone has that advantage, so what knowledge I have as a PT and a patient, I am sharing with you. Take what is useful and ignore the rest. Please let me know if you have any questions!
A Brief Word about Hip Arthroscopy
Hip arthroscopy is relatively new, not becoming more widely used until the 2000’s. There are several challenges that lead to varying degrees of success with the surgery. For one thing, it is a very technically difficult surgery, and requires a specialist in hip arthroscopy for the best outcomes. For another, hip problems often come with a lot of muscle imbalances and poor movement at the hip; in order to get the best possible function after surgery- or to avoid surgery- you have to be very diligent in correcting these things.
I am hoping that this blog can help you navigate some of the ins and outs of hip pain and hip arthroscopy surgery. Because it is not well understood, even by some surgeons and PT’s that I know of, it helps if you can understand some of the nuances yourself. I don’t know everything, either, because we all have a lot to learn about this relatively new procedure, but let’s sort through it the best we can, eh?
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