Many sports and activities can cause injuries to your hips. Most of the time, these types of injuries require physical therapy treatment with a doctor specializing in sports injury, though in some cases treatment by an orthopedic surgeon is recommended. Here is closer look at some common hip issues and the treatment that you may need to undergo.
ITB syndrome: Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome is an overuse injury which affects the ligament running from your hip to your shin, resulting in inflammation around the knee area. ITB syndrome is caused by movements in which the leg turns inward, which may result from worn-down shoes or running on banked surfaces or a track in only one direction. This condition is typically addressed with rest and physical therapy.
Athletic pubalgia: A sports hernia is a soft tissue injury in the groin area. Sports hernias are caused by activities that require twisting or rapid changing of direction, resulting in tears in the ligaments, tendons, or muscles of the groin. Initial pain after the sports injury may fade, but will return with twisting movements if physical therapy treatment is not pursued. In severe cases, surgery may be required to repair the tear.
Piriformis syndrome: Marked by the compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle near your hip, this condition causes symptoms such as pain, numbness, or tingling in your buttocks and leg, making sports or other activities difficult. Treatment includes anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy to relieve the pain and return range of motion.
- Labral tear: These injuries affect the soft tissue lining the socket of your hip joint, the labrum, which holds your thighbone in place. Sports involving twisting or rigorous use of the hips, such as golf and soccer, can often result in injuries to the labrum. Physical therapy is often the first treatment applied, but in some cases arthroscopic surgery is used to repair the labrum to relieve pain.
Drew Stein, MD specializes in orthopedic and arthroscopic surgery in New York. Whether you have a sore hip or a painful hernia, Dr. Stein can help you get back in peak physical condition. Visit our website or call (212) 398-2300 to learn how Dr. Stein can help alleviate the pain and discomfort of your sports-related injury.