In new research, doctors acknowledge that dance, gymnastics, figure skating, and competitive cheerleading require a high degree of hip range of motion and the use of the hip joint in a mechanically complex manner. Because of the extreme hip motion required and the soft tissue laxity in dancers and gymnasts, these athletes may develop instability, impingement, or combinations of both. With appropriate surgical indications and the correct operative technique, the treating surgeon can anticipate high levels of return to play for the gymnast and dancer with hip pain.1
Is surgery the best way back?
Is surgery always the fastest best way back for hip ligament laxity and joint instability? According to Ross Hauser, MD a better approach to stimulate soft tissue, ligament and cartilage repair is with Prolotherapy. Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, and Stem Cell Therapy.
A ligament is damaged through overuse or trauma, such as those described in the female athletes above.
Because of the ligament’s poor blood supply, it does not heal (unlike muscles, which have a good blood supply and heal quite easily).
Over time, the injured ligament weakens, like a stretched rubberband that has lost its elasticity.
Since ligaments function as joint stabilizers, the injured ligament is no longer capable of doing its job.
- Weber AE, Bedi A, Tibor LM, Zaltz I, Larson CM4. The Hyperflexible Hip: Managing Hip Pain in the Dancer and Gymnast. Sports Health. 2015 Jul;7(4):346-58. doi: 10.1177/1941738114532431.