I owe some of you thanks for sharing your hip pain/injury stories on this forum. Reading your stories has been informative and oddly comforting (I’m not alone!) as I deal with my own hip issue.
I’m posting to get out some nervous energy between tests and doctor appointment – I have a feeling I may be in the torn labrum or FAI club, but am awaiting diagnosis. Yesterday I had an MRI of my right hip. Monday I see an ortho doc for a “hip pain consult”, at which said MRI will be interpreted.
I’ve had tight hips for years, and ~5 years ago was told by both a dressage clinician and a personal trainer that they’ve never seen anyone as asymmetrical as me without a history of serious injury. Which I laughed off and attributed to weakness and lack of discipline in strength training…
Last spring/summer I started getting seriously achy hips (bilateral, but worse on the right) after every ride, every run, every hike. I took a pretty rough fall last autumn and sometime after that started developing sharp pain deep in the hip joint when riding (feels like the anterior/lateral part of the joint, but it’s hard to totally pin down). My hip will ache like crazy if I walk more than a mile or so, sit for more than a couple of hours straight in a desk chair, or so much as ride a 20m circle at the walk. Running my favorite short trail or really riding causes sharp pain that gives way afterward to aching that persists long enough to keep me awake at night. Not to mention that I simply can’t ride well – the other day I was trying to ride through the stabby pain but my hip kept locking at the canter and I kept having to shift my weight to unlock it (alas, we’re not ready for tempis, but it’s nice to know my horse will offer flying changes in as few strides as it takes for my hip to lock up!).
This winter/spring my horse was off for a minor lameness for a few weeks, after which I turned her over to my trainer to bring back into work (a convenient mix of giving my hip time to rest from any overuse and getting my horse whipped into shape by a pro). My very first ride back started the stabbing hip pain all over again.
I’ve had a few visits with my primary care doc and a couple of rounds of physical therapy over the last ~6 months which have basically had zero impact on it. I’ve finally convinced my p.c. doctor that I need more than just advil, a few weeks of rest, some PT exercises, and a cursory range of motion test to solve this. So now I wait and see what the MRI shows. I don’t even know what I’m hoping for.
Until then, thanks for all of the equestrian-specific hip pain info you’ve all provided on this forum and wish me luck!