Recovery from a hip labral tear is focused on restoring function to the hip joint and making everyday movements possible without pain. Whether or not surgery was performed, physical therapy is an important part of healing. NYU Langone rehabilitation doctors and physical therapists are specially trained to work with people after a hip injury and can customize a recovery plan based on your needs and goals.
In addition, NYU Langone offers programs and services designed to help you stay healthy, both physically and emotionally, during recovery. Among other health benefits, remaining active helps to ensure that the hip joint continues to work well.
Physical therapy and exercise can help speed your recovery from a hip labral tear. Therapists at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation can help you to rebuild muscle in your thighs, back, and buttocks while improving flexibility and increasing the range of motion in your hip.
If your treatment did not include surgery, our doctors typically recommend physical therapy sessions three times a week for six to eight weeks, depending on the type of procedure performed. Our physical therapists can also create a routine of simple exercises you can do on your own to reinforce muscle tone and flexibility in between sessions.
Physical therapy is an especially important part of any treatment plan after surgery. As walking and exercising gradually become easier, your physical therapist shows you how to increase the amount of weight you put on the hip until your mobility and strength are fully regained. Your physical therapist evaluates your progress every four to eight weeks before recommending further treatment.
While you recover, NYU Langone offers a variety of wellness programs that may help make your recuperation easier. Therapies like acupressure, acupuncture, tai chi, and meditation can relieve pain and reduce stress and anxiety.
Acupuncture and acupressure can reduce pain, decrease inflammation, and help the immune system to remain healthy. Tai chi is an ancient form of exercise based on a series of simple body movements that are held for varying amounts of time. Tai chi is low impact, and most routines move at a slow, graceful pace, emphasizing mental focus, balance, and calmness. Many people find that tai chi boosts their energy level and reduces stress. Studies support the use of tai chi to improve balance and reduce joint pain.
Meditation is a form of deep relaxation that has been used by people all over the world for centuries. During meditation, people usually sit quietly with their eyes closed, remaining still and tranquil. Many people find that meditation helps restore emotional balance, reduce stress, and boost energy and focus.
Smoking cigarettes slows the rate at which bones and soft tissue heal after surgery. In fact, some insurance companies won’t cover a total joint replacement surgery unless you first quit smoking. NYU Langone doctors understand how hard it is to stop smoking and offer tobacco cessation programs to help you every step of the way.
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