Treating Labral Tears with the McKenzie Method

What are labral tears?

The labrum is a rim of soft tissue surrounding the hip socket that protects the surface of the joints. The labrum acts like a rubber covering in order to help hold the ball at the top of your thighbone securely within your hip socket. The labrum can tear due to injury, degeneration of the joint due to osteoarthritis, or in conjunction with femoroacetabular impingement (FAI). Labral tears cause pain in the front of the hip and groin due to bending or rotation of the hip or from physical activity, causing “clicking” within the hip as well as a limited range of motion.

What is the McKenzie Method?

The McKenzie Method is a treatment that research has shown helps almost 80% of patients within 1-3 sessions to relieve their pain. A physical therapist trained in the McKenzie Method will assess the problem area, whether it be your back, neck, shoulder, knee, ankle, or hip, and address any issues due to sciatica, sacroiliac joint pain, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, numbness in hands or feet, and muscle spasms. The McKenzie Method involves maximizing the body’s potential to repair itself without the use of heat, ice, ultrasound, surgery, or medication.

It helps patients to learn the principles to control their own symptoms through repeated movements and sustained positions. The movements are monitored and controlled by how they change your pain and range of movement. This helps to determine which treatment regimen is needed to help relieve your pain.

The treatment allows patients to learn the principles of controlling their own symptoms through repeated movements and sustained positions. These movements are controlled and monitored in accordance to how they affect your pain and range of movement and is used to determine which treatment regimen would be best to help alleviate your pain.

How will the McKenzie Method help labral tears?

Musculoskeletal pain can be due to unusual forces or mechanics occurring in the tissue, and the movement causing the pain may help to form a solution. The McKenzie Method is designed to assess the problem causing the pain and develop a technique to decrease or eliminate it. The assessment will analyze different positions and movements of the hips and how the patient responds to them. Directional preference is used when the patient moves in one direction to worsen the pain and the opposite direction to eliminate the pain. A physical therapist will determine which movement becomes the exercise dosage needed to treat your labral tear.

The McKenzie Method is a great way to help heal your pain from a labral tear, allowing you to restore the function of your hip by repairing your body without the help of surgery or medication.

National Physical Therapy Month

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) hosts National Physical Therapy Month annually in October in order to recognize how physical therapists and physical therapist assistants transform society by restoring and improving motion in people’s lives. This year, the APTA is campaigning using the #AgeWell hashtag on social media, as well as using media outreach and online advertising to spread the word.

To go with the theme of healthy aging, the right type and amount of physical activity can help combat and even reverse many age-related health problems. Proper exercise, mobility, and pain management techniques have been proven to ease pain and improve quality of life. Physical therapists and physical therapists assistants are movement experts and believe surgery and prescription medications are only needed after all physical therapy options have been exhausted.

Contrary to popular belief, you have the ability to get stronger as you age. Research has shown that improvements in strength and physical function are possible well into your 60’s and 70’s with the right exercise program. Proper exercise and nutrition can lower your risk of diabetes, help you avoid falls, and promote positive brain, heart, and bone health. A physical therapist can help recommend the proper exercise program if you are an older person with a desire to stay feeling young.

Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants are evidence-based health care professionals who improve mobility and relieve pain without the need for surgery or prescription drugs. Along with physical care, a physical therapist and his or her assistants provide mental and emotional comfort for their patients. A physical therapist will work collaboratively with their patients to ensure their individual goals for recovery are reached, and will always provide a personalized exercise or mobility program.

National Physical Therapy Month is a great opportunity for the public to be educated about how physical therapists and physical therapists assistants help people everyday in pain management.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), which means it’s time to show your support for those currently battling breast cancer as well as for those who have survived. Across the United States, there are many opportunities to support the cause, such as fundraisers and walks, during the month of October. These activities help raise money for  breast cancer research, which has helped decrease breast cancer deaths over the past decade. These activities also help raise awareness on proper early diagnosis for women, helping saves many lives each year. Continue reading Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Tommy John Surgery

Tommy John Surgery, known medically as ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, involves taking a tendon from a patient’s wrist, forearm, hamstring, foot, or even from their toe, and using it to replace a torn ligament in their elbow. The procedure is named after Thomas Edward John Jr., a former Major League Baseball pitcher, who first underwent surgery in 1974 to repair a ligament in his pitching arm. John would go on to win another 164 games in his career following his then-revolutionary surgery. Continue reading Tommy John Surgery

Post-Op Rehab for Rotator Cuff Repair

The rotator cuff is a group of four tendons attached to the ball of the shoulder joint. These tendons surround the ball much like the cuff of a sleeve fits around the wrist. When the arm turns away from the body, the tendons act to hold the ball correctly in the socket with a smooth motion. If these tendons becomes torn, it may become difficult to use the arm in normal everyday activities. A rotator cuff tear can happen through contact to the shoulder or through repeated stress over the years. Continue reading Post-Op Rehab for Rotator Cuff Repair