A labral tear is an injury to the tissue between the socket and ball portions of the hip joint. This tear can cause a variety of symptoms including intense pain, difficulty moving your hip, and reduced mobility of the hip.
The first step in diagnosing a tear is typically a physical exam. Your physician may ask you to move your leg and hips to evaluate the location and intensity of any pain that you are feeling. After conducting a physical exam, a physician may order additional diagnostic imaging to determine the optimal treatment path. This imaging may include:
Labral tears are typically grouped into one of two categories
Some of the most common causes of tears include traumatic injury, overuse, and abnormalities of hip bones and joints. Symptoms may develop over time, or in the case of traumatic injury may be immediately apparent.
Common symptoms include:
Some labral tears are asymptomatic and do not typically require treatment.
If a tear is minor and only causes minimal symptoms, treatment may not be required. For larger and more painful tears, a variety of treatment options are available including
A physical exam by a licensed physician is the best way to help determine which treatment option would be best for your individual situation.
Our team of orthopedic physicians is expertly trained in diagnosing and treating all kinds of labral tears as well as other causes of hip pain. You can request an appointment by using the form on this page and our team of physicians would be happy to see you and help determine the best way forward. If you already have diagnostic imaging such as an MRI, you can request a free MRI review here as well.
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