Labral Tear with Iliopsoas Syndrome
(WPB, Fl, USA)
I suffered an anterior labral tear to my hip three years ago. I cannot take anti-inflammatory meds but swim and bike as much as I can.
Recently, my hip started "locking or catching" almost every time it was flexed. I was told I needed a hip replacement although the x-ray shows minimal arthritis. I went for second opinion. He said this may be a contributing factor but he felt I have a very tight iliopsoas muscle and advised stretching after an injection into the muscle.
I really am not crazy about sticking a needle into the muscle and would like to go straight to stretching but he is adamant about injection. Now at night I occasionally have some tingling in the foot. I am attributing this to the tight muscle as I have no back pain.
I do have pain in the groin are which is consistent with both labral tear and tight muscle.
What stretches can I safely do?
----------Response from Stephen at Lower Back Pain Answers
A tight and constricted anterior hip can definitely be caused by tightness in the iliopsoas tendon.
If you have not had success with Static Stretching
I would highly recommend trying Active Isolated Stretching.On this page
I have free videos of this technique. Scroll down to Hip Flexors Stretch
, 3rd stretch down the page.
You will have to be consistent, though, in order to experience lasting results, especially if the muscle and tendon have been tight for a long time.
Also it may be necessary to strengthen the gluteus maximus muscle as this often becomes weak when the iliopsoas becomes chronically tight.
Hope that helps!
Stephen from LBPA