About Hip Labrum Tears

What is it and what are my treatment options?

Hip Labrum Tear Overview

The hip labrum is a rim of soft tissue that surrounds the pelvic acetabulum and acts like a gasket to hold the femoral head in an anatomical position. A torn hip labrum causes hip joint instability and possibly hip joint subluxation or dislocation. An appointment with a Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates (CONA) hip specialist should be made when an accident or injury occurs and hip labrum tear symptoms present.

Symptoms & Causes:

Some hip labrum tears may not cause symptoms. Others may cause any of the following:

  • Clicking, popping, locking or catching sensation
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Groin pain
  • Hip pain
  • Stiffness

Moderate and larger hip labrum tears usually cause more severe symptoms than small tears and increase subluxation and dislocation risk.

Hip labrum tear causes include:

  • Anatomical abnormalities
  • Contact sports injuries
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Overuse

Osteoarthritis damages hip bone and cartilage and increase hip labrum tear risk.

Common Treatments:

Nonsurgical treatment options treat small tears and some moderate tears. After a thorough evaluation, a CONA specialist may recommend:

  • Activity modification
  • An assistive device (crutches, cane, walker)
  • Injections
  • Immobilization
  • Pain and anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy

Some moderate tears and large tears may require minimally invasive surgical intervention. During hip arthroscopy, a CONA hip specialist locates the tear and uses anchors to attach it to the bone and sutures to repair it.

Diagnosis:

An accurate diagnosis is the first step toward symptom relief. A CONA hip specialist:

  • Obtains a complete accident/injury report
  • Reviews medical history and previous injuries
  • Performs a physical examination
  • Orders and analyzes medical imaging studies (x-rays, an MRI and CT-scan)

The tear is diagnosed, severity is determined and an appropriate treatment plan is prescribed.

Make an Appointment
with A Hip Specialist

Make an appointment with a CONA specialist if you are involved in an accident or sustain an injury and experience hip labrum tear symptoms. Delaying a diagnosis may make the hip labrum tear and associated symptoms worse.

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