Do you suffer from pain, weakness, or stiffness in one of your hips? If so, don’t think that’s just a natural consequence of aging or healthy activity. Dr. Alajajian and his staff in Glendale, CA, believe everyone is entitled to a life free from pain. We practice holistic, non-invasive therapies to help our patients maintain wellness. As experts in the musculoskeletal system, we’re particularly concerned with hip pain and the possibility that a patient may be suffering from a hip labral tear.
A labrum is a ring of cartilage around a ball-and-socket joint. The ones on the hips keep the femurs and pelvis aligned and allow the legs to rotate completely and smoothly. But when a labrum tears, the leg may catch or make clicking sounds when it moves, and a patient may feel a deep, constant ache that is especially bad when they attempt to stand up or walk on stairs. Hip labral tears can develop because of an acute injury, or they may be caused by repeated stress over a long period of time. They tend to be more common in women and in dancers and people who play sports that require their hips to rotate a lot.
Typically, a person with a hip labral tear will only feel pain on one side. We’ll reach a diagnosis through range-of-motion and tactile tests, and imaging to eliminate other potential causes. Treatment will be focused on reducing inflammation and improving the hip’s strength and flexibility. Low level laser therapy and frequency specific microcurrents can be used to increase bloodflow and to improve recovery time following physical therapy. We can also provide chiropractic adjustments if the ball and socket have become misaligned, preventing further wear to the cartilage.