“Dead Man Walking”

My follow up appointment with Dr. Price was Wednesday, five days after my results came back, over the phone.

My worst fears. . .

“You’re 46. This is a part of aging.”

“Running is one of the worst things that you could do for a torn labrum in your hip.”

“Race on Saturday? Not for you.”

I resigned myself to the fact that I was NOT running my 100 in August. I determined that my Saturday race was just a 50K and maybe?

I was most concerned about my hamstring. I did not think that my hamstring had anything to do with my hip joint. Dr. Price was not “most concerned” about any of it really. I sat and listened and trusted and decided to follow his suggestions.

Dr. Price believed that the hamstring “feeling” was a result of the hip labral tear. He was confident that  a cortisone injection to my hip joint would alleviate my hamstring response within 5 minutes. OR, nothing would change and the partial hamstring tear is what is causing the inconsistency and irritation.

I have been offered cortisone in the past but refused it because I believe rest should come first before any “quick fix”. In my history of injury, rest was what I needed, and I did not need a cortisone shot.

This time felt different. I had patiently rested, rehabbed and waited. I was scared, but I agreed to the shot. Dr. Price had a student doctor working with him. I like having the students join the doctor because they have more time to spend with me to thoroughly answer any questions.

Did I mention that I was n e r v o u s? Brave but scared. A scared courage. HA! This injection requires an ultrasound machine to get the needle to the correct location. I did not look at the length of the needle but I did know the entry point was 6-7″ below my hip joint. The student doctor injected the numbing agent first. It did to hurt at all. It was identical to the dentist injecting several places in your mouth before he begins his work. Then, the steroid is added. This did not hurt, either. It feels more like a balloon being blown up in the joint and pushing it apart. Start to finish? 1-2 minutes. I did ask for a Sprite soon after because my adrenaline was high. I sat. . . a bit nervous to get up because the top part of my thigh felt weird.

Five minutes later, the doctors came in. Dr. Price re-examined me. He asked me to re-create the positions that triggered my hamstring. My left hamstring felt just like my right hamstring! The test that I failed (with flying colors), ten minutes prior–lay on my back, with both legs straight, lift the left while keeping it straight, resisting the direct pressure he was putting on my leg–I now passed. Before, my leg went right down as he pushed on it. This time? I could resist the pushing and keep my leg up!

W O W! The body is amazing. My hip was protecting itself. It’s a reflex. The muscles that should engage and resist were not firing to protect my hip joint. This contributed to an imbalance in strength on my left side and too much work coming from my hamstring.

Dr. Price said to me:

“Enjoy your race on Saturday!”

“If you trained for the 100 miler in August, go for it!”

“Your hamstring is strong and I am not concerned about it.”


2 thoughts on ““Dead Man Walking”

  1. Mark

    I just stumbled upon this post incidentally, but it’s strikingly relevant to me. I’m 34, been running for about 9 years, and have had a troublesome left hamstring for about 3 years. It’s been off and on, but the past month or two have been pretty bad. The discomfort is up high, very similar to what is described in high hamstrings tendinopathy. Unfortunately, it hasn’t responded to things that would typically help tendinopathy. I’ve been worried about a labral tear, but it may be time to look into it further. What’s your plan – any talk of surgery?

    1. ooartist1234 Post author

      Hey! You are 12 years younger than me. Do you have a Sport’s DR? I have had a sport’s Doctor for years and his practice is very good!

      Surgery? No. I was not having typical pain for a Labral tear. He said I had hamstring tendinitis. (He was not concerned. He told me that if he did an MRI for the population over 46 that prob 1/2 would have a partial hamstring tear.)

      He was convinced the cortisone shot would alleviate the hamstring & it did. This is my first cortisone shot. He said that the shot could take care of it or that I may need another one in 8 months.

      He told me that unless I was having pain around the clock that he would not suggest surgery.

      I also have a fantastic PT. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.


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