A labral tear (also referred to as a torn labrum) is an injury to the labrum, a ring of cartilage functioning like a gasket to seal the ball and socket of the hip joint together.
Diagnosing Hip Labral Tear
Hip labral tears can happen as a result of structural abnormalities in the hip after repetitive activity, or occasionally an acute injury. They frequently occur due to athletic competition or recreational activities. Groin pain is the most common symptom and can be bothersome with activity or simply sitting for periods of time. Some may experience stiffness or locking and clicking sensations in the hip and groin area. These injuries are frequently mistaken for groin strains.
If symptoms of pain indicative of a hip labral tear persist for more than a few weeks, consult with a doctor. Labral tears can occasionally be treated with non-surgical methods like lifestyle modifications, rest, ice, and physical therapy - however they frequently require surgical repair to alleviate symptoms and maintain a highly functioning activity level. Repair of the labrum and treatment of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) can be accomplished using minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques.
A hip labral tear may increase the likelihood of developing osteoarthritis in the hip in the future. Your doctor can advise you on ways to minimize that risk.
Schedule a Consultation With OSMC
OSMC’s physicians are experienced with hip injuries and conditions that cause hip pain. Even if your symptoms are minor, it is advisable to see a doctor for a full diagnosis and recommendations on how to improve symptoms and prevent future complications. To schedule your consultation, click here.