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.

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