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Old 07-07-2016, 05:27 PM
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Sadly, it was confirmed that I have a small labral tear in my hip. The different doctors and physical therapists I had seen were certain it wasn't a tear, because I didn't experience pain during the range of motion tests they were giving me. I have been getting physical therapy for the past three weeks and the swelling is down, and I can walk again without a limp, and usually without more than a tiny twinge of occasional pain.

The problem is that I'm an avid tennis player. The two times prior to starting PT when I have gotten the swelling down, the pain came back when I started playing. I haven't tried playing while I've been in physical therapy, as I've been told to stay away from the courts for now. I'm hoping that PT, along with stretching and possibly trying to change my footwork and stance, can keep the pain away. But I remain skeptical and concerned, because of the sudden movements that have to be made during the game. I only play doubles, no singles, so that may help. But if the pain returns, I may have to decide between giving up the game I love and having arthroscopic surgery to repair the tear. I really would prefer not to go the surgical route, if possible, because hip arthroscopy is still so new, doesn't always have the best results, and I can do other activities without much issue - it's just the tennis (so far) that has caused issues.

Have any of you had a labral tear, and managed your pain through physical therapy alone? I know that the tear won't repair itself, only surgery can do that, but I'm looking for some success stories to see if I actually may have a chance to get back to tennis without having to make a difficult decision about my body.
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Old 07-09-2016, 11:18 AM
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Not the same but still similar for my mother years ago. Torn rotator cuff. PT never did a thing. I've been going twice a week with no success for arthritis in the rotator cuff. I did get some relief in the lower back by strengthening the muscles around a bad spot in the vertebra. Over the years it has always been an iffy. Surgery is a last resort still. From school days we were taught to rest a joint but work a muscle for healing.
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Old 07-11-2016, 07:49 PM
Location: Wake County, NC
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I had bilateral labral tears as a result of FAI (femorolacetabular impingement). In my case, PT wasn't successful until the underlying cause was addressed. I saw a top FAI specalist. Not all orthos. are familiar with FAI (if that's what caused yours). Good luck!
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