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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