Hip Labral Dysfunction / Impingement

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The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. Within the socket there is a piece of fibrocartilage, called the labrum. The labrum deepens the socket and provides stability to the joint.

The labrum can become damaged, particularly in sports that involved pivoting and change of direction movements. A tear to the labrum may happen suddenly. In other instances, tearing to the labrum occurs more gradually. This gradual damage is often the result of repeated impingement of the ball (femoral head) with the front of the hip socket. This can cause a tear of the labrum and some damage to the bony surface of the joint.

In many people this damage does not cause any pain or dysfunction. For example, there are many athletes who show this damage on a scan, but are able to perform at the highest level. However, some people do develop pain, particularly those with poor hip strength and control.

The program within TrackActive Me will provide you with exercises to strengthen these muscles. You may need to stick to these exercises for several weeks before you see a change in your symptoms.

It is important while doing this program to reduce those activities that cause you pain. In the meantime, make sure you keep active with other exercises and activities. For example, you may find that swimming and cycling are OK. You can also choose from our library of pilates, stretching and upper body strengthening programs. Just select ‘Stay Strong and Healthy’ in the TrackActive Me chat feature.

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