I am so happy to have found this site! There is a ton of information out there about labral tears but not much with the complication of hip dysplasia. I had arthroscopic surgery for labral debridement of a tear 3 months ago. I am 40 years old. My recovery is not what I had expected. I walk with the same limp and have the same if not more irritation in my hip now than I did before the surgery. I have made improvements as it pertains to the surgery itself, but see nothing gained from my original condition. Frustration pretty much covers it. Unfortunately my surgeon did not inform me that there were options to correct the hip dysplasia, and actually never made any indication that the dysplasia was the cause of the tear to begin with. He doled out information like it was being banned. I regret I proceeded with trust and did not do better homework. I have since moved and am stringently researching a new Orthopaedic surgeon for follow-up care. I loathe the thought of undergoing another surgery and having to start the recovery process all over again. But boy, I sure miss running.
I am sorry to hear of others also suffering the same miseries. I am glad misery has finally found company though! Best of luck to you all!
I have just found this website and couldn't believe what I have read.
My case is identical to what has been posted. I was born with hip dysplasia and was in a rosen spint for most part of my first year to correct it as much as possible. I then, like you, was active, sporty and never had any trouble throughout my life until recently. I am only 21 now and in a considerable amount of pain. I've been referred to a consultant, and from my MRI scan couldn't see any problems, however the pain is getting worse and am now having to walk with a crutch!!
I don't seem to be getting the treatment I really need, although I am doing physiotherapy and hydrotherapy - which don't seem to be helping at all!!
It's been interesting reading all of your stories about the athroscopies, steroid injections and reconstructive surgery, and would be helpful to know how long it took for your consultants to determine the problem and accept something needs to be done. I have been going to consultations, x-ray and mri scans, physiotherapy, doctors appointments etc for 9 months now, and am still taking co-codamol and other things like they are going out of fashion!!
I cannot get my point across to anyone about the problem I have and it's nice to know that others have and are going through the same thing because there are people that will understand the pain I am going through.
Sorry to hear what you are going through at such a young age Sara! Question - did they have you do an MRI with contrast? Where they inject dye into your hip joint before going into the MRI machine? I would suspect they did but if not that is the best (and perhaps only) way to check for a labral tear. If you do have a tear it is unlikely any type of therapy will help, surgery is the best option. I have found to my dismay that all the doctors I have seen for my labral tear have never taken into account the hip dysplasia as well, they treat me as any other "normal" patient. Our situations however put us at a great disadvantage for treatment and recovery time. On the bright side we do have options, once diagnosed correctly, for long term relief. Good luck to you!
I am sorry that you are having so many problems. Where abouts in the UK are you? I would recommend that you ask for a referral to a surgeon who specialises in Dysplasia and young people with hip issues. I think we have all ended up doing this otherwise they tend to misdiagnose and you don't get anywhere.
Once we know which area you are based in I am sure someone can recommend a surgeon. Also have you looked at the website http://hipchicksunite.ning.com/ as you will be amazed at how many people have the same issues as you.