EJ about to give up soccer for life

by Eduardo
(Minnetonka, MN USA)

I'm 35. In 2006 something popped up in my right hip when I kicked a soccer ball with all my might. Unbearable pain and no insurance led me to use rest and painkillers as my only option for recovery.

7 months later a renowned orthopedist diagnosed a labral tear (hip) and I underwent 2 surgeries 6 months apart. I had 3 MRIs done and the cortisone injection twice.

Today I cannot flex out my right leg without having pain, and cannot carry my children longer than 10 minutes.

Two years of therapy didn't help me at all. I notice that when I push in and hold the the adductor (or abductor?) muscle the discomfort goes away like magic. I guess all this can be fixed by identifying a muscle which is out of place but no one seems to know what the exact problem is.

I recently found out about the Muscle Activation Techniques but no practitioner wants to commit to anything or give reassurance about this procedure.

For now, the outcome is more than $34k in medical bills and the painful idea that I'll have to give up soccer or any other high impact sport. Why does everybody seem to agree on that it's time to play golf?!

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Aug 19, 2008
EJ - Take Care of Your Hip!
by: Anonymous

I am a 45 yr. old mother of 3 and lifetime athlete/Health and PE Teacher/Coach. Your story sounds very familiar-I had a labrial tear-don't know exactly when or how but I do know the symptoms you explain are exactly the same as those I have experienced. In 1997, after giving birth to my 3rd child, the pain and instability became very significant.
I began seeing an orthopedist - after many tests, I began serious, regular chiropractic care + took up yoga to increase flexibility and strength/maintain healthy alignment. These helped immensely but the problem progressed, probably at a slower rate than if I hadn't used these interventions. Long story short, in the summer of '05, discomfort was very significant (I couldn't play with 'my kids'-as a parent or PE teacher- without 'paying for it' for several days; couldn't lift my foot/leg; lost sleep). I had a total hip replacement in Oct. '05. Very successful-I have my life back! I ski, ride snowmobile, fit. walk, do yoga, and most importantly can 'play with my kids' pain free!
YES-use all the non-invasive choices you have; stay active and strong; soccer probably isn't the best activity for you(as a 22 yr. coach of soccer, I know kicking will exacerbate things!)-try to prevent surgery but know it has worked well for me, and the procedures/materials used now can give you up to 50 yrs. with a new hip! (so I'm told) Good luck!

Jun 25, 2008
by: Bart - SII

Thanks for sharing your story EJ. I cannot imagine your frustration after all that you have already tried to fix your hip. Even more so, it sounds like you are not only unable to play soccer, but also unable to do simple daily things like carry your children.

I am not terribly familiar with MAT, however, this might be something to explore and try, if you can find a practitioner who is willing.

I tried to give a little more insight and recommendations to your question. I hope this helps a little bit.

Keep us posted on how you progress. Thanks again for sharing.


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