ankle sprain then hip surgery

by Dave
(Osceola, WI)

I sprained my ankle in 2012. After almost 2 years of limping on my left side, we found a tear in my hip labrum and cartilage tore off the bone. It was a work related injury to my foot. What are your thoughts about the hip injury?

Hello Dave,
First, that ankle. I take it x-rays were taken and there was no fracture; because of overlapping bones, fractures are quite often missed. Perhaps another x-ray might be indicated.

In a sprained ankle, frequently the talus or calcaneus is subluxated, causing sharp pain on walking and, if not reduced, changing your whole gait, as has happened in your case. Look for a sports oriented chiropractor with a FICS qualification; phone your local chiropractic association for a name.

Now the hip; as you suspect, almost certainly a knock effect from limping.

Start by pulling your knee to the chest, and then gently making a circle from out to in. The trick is to reach the pain threshold, but not cross it. As soon as it gets uncomfortable, back off. Keep doing it repetitively about ten times several times a day. It can be done best lying down, but sitting too. You may be lucky and the joint settles down in a few months. You want to get the joint fluids sloshing about in there to bring nutrients to the cartilage. Otherwise it becomes arthritic.

The sacroiliac joint often is involved, and there you need a chiropractor who uses the Thompson drop technique; it's very common, used by most chiros.

One thought. If your chiropractor puts you on your side and does what's called a lumbar roll, make sure he doesn't put too much pressure on the femur; shout if you feel pain in the groin. Sooner rather than later.

I hope this contributers; let me know how you get on.

Dr B

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