When the Provider Becomes the Patient--Part 2
The orthopedist called my family practice doc, Dr. H, this afternoon. He said that the MRI revealed a labral tear of my left hip. It is analygous to torn cartilege in the knee. Apparently these are fairly common, and sometimes they are not at all painful (I wish!). Treatment for them is symptom driven. The next step, if it doesn't get better spontaneously with rest and pain control, is an x-ray or ultrasound guided steroid injection into the hip. If that fails, then arthroscopy of the hip to remove torn labrum. Both of these would mean travel to Anchorage.
But first, rest and healing. If it is not better in two weeks, then I will consider the next step. Dr. H and I discussed a treatment plan, which will include regular visits from my wonderful body worker Anna, who is a physical therapist as well as a myofascial release worker and masseuse. I'll do everything I can to help this injury heal as quickly as possible.
Photo of Bethel sunset, 9:04 pm mid-April, by The Tundra PA.
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