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The hip joint (scientifically known as the acetabulofemoral joint) is a special type of 'ball-and-socket' joint. Its primary function is to support the weight of the body when at rest or while in motion.

Many patients with Hip Pain are actually diagnosed as suffering from Sciatica. Many of our past client have found success in their treatments by incorporating the use of a Hip/Back TShellz Wrap® in their conservative treatment plan.

The majority of chronic hip problems are a result of aging, disease (such as arthritis) and fractures.

A Hip Replacement is a surgical procedure that replaces the hip joint with an artifical joint. Many MendMyHip customers have sped up their post-surgery recovery time with our therapeutic tools.

Bursitis of the Hip (trochanteric bursitis) is so painful, many sufferers rely on a wheelchar for mobility. Hip Bursitis is a condition that typically responds well to conservative treatments.

The most common injury in the hip is snapping hip syndrome due to a tight illotibial band. This syndrome responds very well to heat treatments.

Hip Dislocations are very serious but uncommon injuries that occasionally can occur (usually from a traumatic event). If you suspect you have a dislocated hip, please seek medical attention immediately.


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Hip (Acetabular) Labral Tear

The hip joint is the largest ball and socket joint in the body. This joint is surrounded by and lined with soft tissue (tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and labrum) that helps to stabilize the femoral head (ball) within the acetabular fossa (socket).

An acetabular labral tear in the hip.

The acetabular labrum is a cup-like rim of fibrocartilage that surrounds the ball (femoral head) of the joint and deepens the socket (acetabular fossa) for the femoral head to sit in. It's depth creates a suction effect providing stability in the joint by holding the femoral head in the socket.

A hip labral tear most often occurs in the lip of the fibrocartilage along the rim of the labrum. Although it is not common, if there's a loose piece of cartilage from the tear, it may catch within the joint and cause a snapping sensation known snapping hip syndrome. Injury to the labrum, or any of the other stabilizing tissues, can cause the joint to weaken, misalign and/or become unstable. This leaves the hip at further risk of injury and/or dislocation.

Symptoms of a Labral Tear of the Hip

Hip labral tear symptoms are similar to other conditions such as groin strain, sports hernia, and snapping hip syndrome making it difficult to diagnose. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms we recommend you see a doctor for a proper diagnosis.

  • A snapping or clicking in the hip joint
  • A sharp catching pain in the hip that may be felt in the front (anterior) thigh
  • Pain deep in the groin
  • An unstable feeling in the hip, like it may give way
  • The pain may become worse when the hip is flexed or internally rotated
  • A limited range of motion in the hip
  • Difficulty sleeping on the injured side

Causes of Acetabular Labral Tears

Flexible hip joints puts you more at risk of acetabular labral tears.

A labral tear in the hip joint can be a result of degeneration of the tissue over time or from a traumatic (acute) injury.

People with extremely flexible hip joints, such as dancers, gymnasts, and yoga enthusiast are at greater risk of a degenerative tear. A degenerative tear occurs with repetitive use and activity wearing down the tissue. Without proper healing time, the worn tissue eventually weakens and tears. A degenerative labral tear is often an early sign of hip arthritis.

An acute labral tear happens immediately during an accident, fall or sports injury. A sudden twist or blow to the hip joint may cause the hip to dislocate (subluxation) and the labrum to tear.

Treating Your Torn Labrum

Initial treatment of a torn labrum in the hip should focus on resting your hip and reducing inflammation to help relieve pain. Minor labral tears are often treated with non-invasive conservative treatment therapies such as cold compression and Circulatory Boost.

  • the use of a Cold Compress or Ice Pack will control pain and reduce swelling.
  • Circulatory Boost through use of a TShellz Wrap® will heal your labrum faster, increase the length and elasticity of soft tissue and improve the overall health of all the tissue in the joint by delivering an abundance of nutrients to the area.

During your recovery, you will have to modify and/or eliminate any activities that cause pain or discomfort in your hip joint and leg until your pain and inflammation settle, and you gain more mobility and strength in your acetabular joint. The more diligent you are with your treatment and rehabilitation, the faster you will see successful results!

Cold Compression

To decrease inflammation and relieve the pain of a labral tear doctor's recommend cold therapy within the first 72 hours of an injury. This is an effective way to relieve pain and swelling while limiting the amount of damage done to your recently injured soft tissue.

Cold compression works by interrupting and slowing nerve and tissue function in the injured area and reducing swelling that can block blood vessels. This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry oxygen and nutrients to your labrum and tissues begin to break-down. Without cold, damage continues as tissues break-down - they cannot get the oxygen they need to survive. By limiting the amount of damage done to your soft tissue, you also limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is an important step in healing your labral tear faster and with less pain!

TShellz Wrap®: for a Labral Tear

After severe inflammation and swelling is reduced, it is time to take the next step in your soft tissue tear treatment. Use a Back/Hip TShellz Wrap® to improve blood flow while simultaneously helping surrounding soft tissue to become elongated and more elastic. What this means is that not only is increased blood flow helping maximize the body's capability to heal tissue, the treated tissues are now longer and more elastic due to the heat side effect from the application of a TShellz Wrap®. The TShellz Wrap® is the perfect home treatment - helping to increase flexibility while simultaneously boosting the body's capability to heal via stimulated blood flow.

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In addition, the improved blood flow obtained by using the TShellz Wrap helps reduce the risk of atrophy in your muscles. When you stop moving your leg and hip due to pain, your muscles and other tissue become weaker, and dead tissue and toxins in the area build up due to lack of circulation. This can cause further tissue deterioration and lead to atrophy in your quadriceps, hamstrings and other leg muscles. By clearing the area of toxins and increasing the amount of oxygen and nutrients to your labrum and other tissue, the risk of atrophy(muscle weakness and/or deterioration) is greatly reduced.

Keeping your upper leg and hip joint tissue as healthy and limber as possible throughout the healing process will allow you to improve hip strength again once your pain has gone and your labral tear has healed. Dedicated use of a TShellz Wrap® will help you achieve this.

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There is no cost or obligation for this service and we will do our best to help provide you with the information you need. Our extensive and on-going research could be of great benefit in helping you overcome your hip pain once and for all.

Living with hip pain is never easy and we can provide answers about causes of the pain, treatment options, potential stretches/ exercise to consider, and ways to manage the condition for the short & long term. Best of all, we can show you what worked for hundreds of our previous clients.

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Rehabilitation Exercise for Soft Tissue Tears

PT is a beneficial way to restore atrophied muscles and improve strength and mobility after significant periods of reduced mobility (usually due to a soft tissue tear or injury). The type of PT and the duration will be dependent on the tissue damage and your symptoms. When you are treating or recovering from tears in muscles, tendons or ligaments, it is important to adhere to the instructions of the physical therapist to ensure you are doing exercises properly and not under-doing it or overdoing it, as this will increase your risk of soft tissue re-injury.

TShellz in conjunction with PT speeds recovery and can help prevent re-injury

Once your pain starts to diminish, a physiotherapist will set up an individualized strengthening and stretching exercise program for you to perform at home or in the gym. This will be based on your needs and abilities, and will help you return to performing your normal routines.

Individuals will often lift weights on their own, to try and build up their strength. However, in doing so, they can do more damage to their joint. It is extremely important to strengthen your muscles properly, as they may have weakened during the period of non-use. A trained therapist will help to ensure your rehabilitation process is appropriate and effective. For best, long term results use TShellz Wraps® at home, in conjunction with PT and an exercise program.

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During your recovery, you will probably have to modify and/or eliminate any activities that cause pain or discomfort at the location of your soft tissue injury until the pain and inflammation settle. Always consult your doctor and/or Physical Therapist before using any of our outstanding products, to make sure they are right for you and your condition. The more diligent you are with your treatment and rehabilitation, the faster you will see successful results!


Hip Injury Facts:

Over 90% of hip fractures are caused by falling, most frequently on the side of the hip.

Less than 50% of hip fracture patients return to their former level of activity. Proper treatment is important to maintain strength and range of motion.

Hip alignment affects the pressure put on the knees. A hip disorder can aggravate knee pain and vice versa.

1 in 7 Americans, over the age of 60, reports significant hip pain.

In most cases, arthritis pain will not benefit from a hip arthroscopy.

70% of non-fracture hip replacements in 2003-2004 were to treat osteoarthritis.


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