If you are undergoing Kung Fu training and other physical sports, you may experience having hip flexor pain or torn labrum hip. These are conditions that normally result from sporting accidents, falling or repetitive sports trauma. In fact, there are many studies showing that athletes who often complain about groin pain are 22 percent more likely to have a hip labral tear.
Among Kung Fu trainees, there are many cases of reported hip labral tears due to falling during sparring sessions. Aside from groin pain, other symptoms may include pain in the buttocks or lateral hips and the clicking or catching in the sockets of the hip as you move it. You may also feel like your hip is locking up. Restricted movement is also common. The combination of these symptoms as well as a series of tests helps doctors diagnose hip labral tear. MRI is particularly important to look into the joints of the patient.
Once diagnosed, there are different treatment options for patients. One is the nonsurgical option where athletic trainers or physical therapists develop a rehabilitation plan which starts with examining and determining the factors causing the tear in the patient. Rehabilitation may include rest or modification of activities to decrease the stress in the hip joint. Customized exercise programs may also be implemented to address the problem on muscle imbalance, movement and postural patterns and pelvic position. This may include range-of-motion exercises, stretching, hip joint mobilizations exercises, and exercises that can help develop strength in the hip muscles.
When a person has a labral tear, full recovery is unlikely because there is lack of blood supply in the area affected. However, rehabilitation and exercises may help reduce the pain and other symptoms and the patient may be able to do sports activities again.
If nonsurgical options do not work on the patient, surgical treatment may become necessary. Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure which is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. After the surgery, postoperative rehabilitation may also be necessary. The rehabilitation will normally focus on helping the patient regain full hip joint motion, movement control and strength.
Additionally, during rehabilitation, patients are advised to use crutches for at least two weeks. As the patient’s condition improves, rehabilitation will also progress until the patient is capable of doing normal daily or sports activities. It may take at least eight weeks before a patient can be back to high-impact sports.
Because of the nature of training involved in Kung Fu, it is possible that trainees will suffer from a tear in labral hip. But it can be avoided by paying careful attention especially during sparring sessions where accidental falling often happens. And when you fall, don’t put all the weight on your hip as this is one of the most common causes of labral tear.
If you are diagnosed with labral tear, your two options are nonsurgical and surgical treatments. Your treatment greatly depends on the severity of your tear. Whatever treatment is recommended for you, rest and rehabilitation therapy are always part of it.