Hip Labrum Tear

About Hip Labrum Tears:

A Hip Labral Tear is an injury to the labrum within the joint of the hip. The hip joint is described as a ball-and-socket joint that allows the hip to move in a variety of directions.  Surrounding the outside rim of the hip joint socket is a ring of cartilage known as the labrum.  The labrum naturally acts as a stabilizer to the hip joint that seals the ball-and-socket joint securely at the top of the femur. A labral tear is a result of when the labrum separates or gets pulled away from its socket.  Most often, a labral tear is the result of repetitive trauma to the hip joint area due to running or awkward twisting or cutting.  An improper technique to a repetitive physical exercise can result in a hip labral tear as well.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Locking, clicking, or catching sensations in the hip joint
  • Pain in the hip and/or groin when squatting
  • Stiffness and/or limited movement range in the hip joint
  • Sharp pain in the hip or groin during squatting
  • Increased or gradual pain after sitting or walking over long periods of time

How is it Treated?

  • Physical Therapy
  • Pain medications may partially relieve painful symptoms temporarily
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • If the condition progresses or conservative treatments are not effective, it is recommended one see an orthopedic specialist. Surgical intervention may be necessary.

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