What is the labrum?
The labrum is a soft tissue ring around the rim of the hip socket. It allows your hip to move smoothly helps hold the femoral (thigh bone) head secure within the hip socket.
How does a hip labrum tear?
An imperfect fit of the hip ball and socket, such as femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), can cause a labral tear over time. Athletes and people who perform repetitive twisting movements are at higher risk of developing this problem. Injury from high-impact sports can also cause or aggravate labral tears, as can osteoarthritis.
What are symptoms of hip labral tear?
Indicators of a labrum tear in the hip joint includes pain or stiffness, pain the groin or buttocks, a locking or clicking sensation when you move your hip, and feeling unsteady on your feet. Sometimes the condition is asymptomatic.
How is it diagnosed?
Our board-certified, fellowship-trained doctor will do a thorough physical examination and assess your medical history. He or she will check for pain level and range of motion. X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can help diagnose this condition and rule out others.
What are the best hip labrum tear treatments?
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications or corticosteroid injections can temporarily relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Physical therapy can improve range of motion and stability. If conservative measures don’t work, arthroscopic surgery can repair torn tissue or remove a damaged section of labrum.
If you are experiencing symptoms of hip labral tear, call Orthopedic Specialists to schedule a consultation today. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained doctors are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of all hip conditions.