Just over four months ago, I was diagnosed with a labral tear. Of course, I’ve been dealing with it since November, so it certainly feels like forever. But it’s been a while since I discussed my recovery, and since I spent a ton of time searching the internet for information about labral tear recovery, I thought it was time to do an update.
So to quickly recap, I started having pain when I ran back in November. I saw a doctor in January and was diagnosed with a labral tear at the end of the month. I started PT in early February. Of course, because the MRI of my hip also discovered the cyst on my ovary, that became priority one, and I lost much of March in terms of hip rehab, since I was recovering from abdominal surgery.
Thus, even though I’m four months into labral tear recovery, in many ways, I’m also really only at month two of solid rehab work.
Physical therapy isn’t a quick fix, especially not for something like this. After all, I’m working to build the muscles in my leg, hip, and torso to better support the joint and do the work that the torn cartilage is supposed to be doing. You don’t see results in the gym after just two weeks, so it makes sense that PT would be similar.
But I can confidently say that I am seeing results. I’m not to the point of being 100% pain free, but I don’t have pain when I run (though I’m absolutely easing back in incredibly slowly), and that’s awesome. Previously, I was having pain immediately when I started to run. Walking would be fine, but swinging my foot forward for that first run step was painful. Now I have some stiffness, but nothing like before. Some days are better than others – some days my left leg just aches, and after cheering at Chattanooga, I was significantly more sore than I anticipated.
Physical Therapy is easily a 4-6 month process, and even though I’m four months in, I’m counting April 1 as my beginning, since I lost some of the progress I made in January when I had to take off much of March. But even looking at it 4 months in, I’m really happy with where I’m at. This reaffirms my decision to go with physical therapy rather than straight to surgery or experimental procedures.
Of course, I’m lucky that my insurance covers a good amount of physical therapy (after my copay, of course), but I’m sure they’d rather fund this than a second surgery for the year.
So for now, I’m just continuing with PT and making sure to do my daily exercises. I’m sure I’m going to come out of this stronger and better balanced than before, and I’m hoping all this work will help prevent any additional injuries in the future.