Labral Tears (Hip)

  • Introduction

  • Conservative Treatment

  • Surgical Treatment

The labrum is a layer of cartilage, which surrounds the socket of the hip in order to keep the ball of the femur in place. A labral tear is an injury in which the labrum is torn or damaged.

Labral tears are fairly common among athletes and occur as a result of repetitive use. However a labral tear can also occur as a result of trauma such as car accidents or falls. Some labral tears are not symptomatic at all while others can cause pain or stiffness in the hip or groin or a clicking in the joint. If symptoms do not subside or if they worsen within six weeks, a physician should be seen.

A physical examination of the area will be performed by a physician and involves rotating and moving the leg and hip joint. If the physician suspects a labral tear, imaging tests, such as x-rays or MRIs, will be ordered for a detailed view of the hip joint.


Once a labral tear has been diagnosed, there are a number of ways that it can be treated depending on the severity of symptoms. Physicians may recommend anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce inflammation and pain and corticosteroids might be used to reduce pain. Physical therapy can be helpful to learn how to adjust or avoid movements which cause pain in the hip.


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If symptoms are not relieved by these methods, an orthopedic surgeon will perform a hip arthroscopy. Hip arthroscopy is minimally invasive surgery in which a surgeon makes an incision, approximately the width of a straw tip, and inserts a scope with a small camera to view the inside of the hip joint. An additional small incision or two is made to insert instruments to remove or repair the torn tissue.

Recovery after a hip arthroscopy takes several weeks however, once recovery is complete, most patients are able to resume ordinary activities.

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