April 08, 2012

Labral Tear in Hip

Finally, an answer...
Of course with answers come more questions...

I haven't Run Run (capital "R") since January's G.A.C. Fat Ass in Bradley Palmer. After a few loops there, I pinpointed the pain and was certain—something was definitely not right. After an earlier x-ray in December to rule out fracture and/or arthritis I was sent to PT in January to treat "hip pain."

The guys (Larry and Paulo) at the Off Season (North Andover) were great; they addressed my bilateral hip tendinitis and bursitis by polishing their Graston tools and ART techniques of simultaneous LOVE and PAIN.  Oh did they spread that love. Physical Therapy, Acupuncture and Sports Message didn't lessen my hip conundrum. My hip/groin pain was the same if not worse after two months of physical therapy. Mind you, I still had not RUN since January. I don't sit still for long and focused my energy on race directing! 
After "graduating" from PT in early March, I decided to test my body and went for a wog (walk and jog) around the TARC Spring Thaw 3.5 mile loop, which involved more walking than jogging. YIKES. My hips were NOT healthy for this activity so I was back on the DL....Since the Physical Therapy didn't help with my specific hip pain, my PCP sent me for an MRI (w/o Contrast). 

 If my hip cannot be happy right now 
at least my toes are!

MRI #1—"Impression: Small amount of cystic degenerative change at the subcapital portion of the femoral neck bilaterally."  

Whah? English, s'il vous plaƮt.
In need of a translation from a trusted set of eyes, I shared the impression and disk scans with someone who might be able to help, unofficially. This person was surprised that I was not diagnosed with a torn labrum because all signs, experiences, etc., pointed towards "labral tear." Back to the PCP and then a referral (and more weeks waiting for the appointment) with Dr. Peter P. Anas in the spine group at New England Baptist Hospital. The Spine Group?

Dr. Anas was attentive, kindly direct, listened, patient, wore Danskos and was a site for sore hips— I mean sore eyes. He read the impression and confirmed the diagnosis: "Labral Tear Left Hip." We talked about the next theoretical steps. He said if I walked away without doing anything I would have an arthritic hip in 10 years, for certain. It was likely I would need arthroscopic surgery and he said I would be about 6 weeks on crutches, depending. He asked just how much do you run when you were running? etc. etc.  He was sympathetic when I asked when I could start back up: run, bike, swim, hike, be active in general.... again (whimper sniff, throat clearing...). He used these words, "Do you mean, when will you be reactivated? Well, it depends on what we find with the MRI Arthrography (Contrast)." 
So I am at this point...More waiting. I am patient. I have other interests but it really is a fitness bummer to be down for the count for so long. It could be worse, a lot worse.
Hip Arthoscopy and the Labrum


RawBodyGoddess said...

Aw, Em...I'm sorry.I do indeed know how it feels to be sidelined for so long, and no...not a damn thing fun about it. I am hoping they can reactivate you right quick though, whatever the course of action and you will be back stronger than ever.

VERY cute and happy toes :)

Unknown said...

Oh Em! I am so sorry to hear that!!! I really, really, REALLY hope that the long road to recovery results in your being back on the trail at some point! Every time I run long or accomplish another ultra 'level up' you are there! Those 27 miles you helped me through at GAC Mother's Day a couple years ago where my baptism into ultra and without them I don't ever get to 50k or 50 Miles, or whatever comes next! Heal up - not so much quickly, but completely! Send healthy hip vibes your way!

Dan said...

Bummer, but at least you finally know the cause of your pain and can work to resolve it. Maybe we'll both be ready to run again this fall? Hang in there.

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