SI Joint Dysfunction

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SIJD & your hips!

Another ailment which Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction sufferers can have in common is hip pain sometimes due to a tear in the Hip Labrum. Due to the ripple effects of physical activity while suffering from chronic, unstable SI Joints which are out of sustained alignment the hip can also suffer degeneration. This often begins as arthritis in the hip but can progress to a labral tear.

Here is some more information on this topic, can you connect the dots between how you got SIJD and what this article teaches about hip pain?…

How Does a Tear Occur in the Hip Labrum?

There are two general types of hip labral tears: degenerative tears and traumatic injuries.

A degenerative tearis a chronic injury that occurs as a result of repetitive use and activity. Degenerative labral tears can be seen in the early stages of hip arthritis.

A traumatic hip labral tear is usually an acute injuryas a result of a sports injury, fall, or accident. Hip labral tears can be seen in association with episodes of hip dislocation or subluxation (partial dislocation). They are commonly associated with sudden, twisting maneuvers that cause immediate pain in the hip.

What Are the Symptoms of a Hip Labral Tear?

A hip labral tear can be difficult to diagnose. Many of the symptoms of a hip labral tear are similar to symptoms of a groin strain, snapping hip syndrome, sports hernia, or other athletic injuries of the hipjoint. Furthermore, just because a tear is seen in the hip labrum on an MRI, it does not mean the tear is necessarily the cause of the pain.

Typical symptoms of a hip labral tear include:

  • Groin pain
  • Clicking and snapping sensations in the hip
  • Limited motion of the hip joint


Your doctor can use specific examination tests to help determine the cause of your hip pain. X-rays of the hip are typically normal, but should be checked to evaluate for other possible causes of pain. An MRI test is helpful in evaluating the labrum, but may not always show the labrum clearly. An injection of contrast fluidinto the hip joint at the time of the MRI can help show labral tears much more clearly.

Many doctors will also use a diagnostic injection to help clarify the location of the problem. To perform a diagnostic injection of the hip joint, your doctor will insert a needle into your hip joint while watching on an x-ray monitor to ensure the needle is in the proper position. The hip joint is then injected with a local anesthetic. If the injection completely alleviates the symptoms of pain, it is likely that the cause of the problem was located in the hip joint. If the pain persists, investigation into the cause of the problem should proceed to other possible diagnoses.

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