Hip Labral Tears

WHAT IS A HIP LABRAL TEAR?

The hip labrum is a rim of soft cartilage surrounding the hip joint. It helps keep the ball of the joint securely aligned in the hip socket while also cushioning the joint.  When this cartilage is injured it is known as a hip labral tear.

There are two general types of hip labral tears:

• Traumatic: an acute injury as a result of a sports related accident. Hip labral tears are sometimes present when the hip is dislocation or a partial dislocation (subluxation).  They are commonly associated with sudden, twisting maneuvers that cause immediate pain in the hip.

Degenerative: an injury that occurs as a result of repetitive use and activity. Degenerative labral tears can be seen in the early stages hip arthritis.

HIP LABRAL TEAR CAUSES AND RISK FACTORS:

As a sports related injury:
Athletes are at a high risk for develop hip labral tears, especially those who participate in sports such as
• Football
• Ice Hockey
• Soccer
• Golf
• Ballet

Sometimes, trauma (such as an automobile accident), structural abnormalities or other repetitive motions of the hip can also result in a hip labral tear.

SYMPTOMS OF A HIP LABRAL TEAR:

Signs and symptoms of a hip labral tear usually include:

• Pain in the hip or groin
• A sensation of locking or clicking in the joint
• Stiffness in the joint
• Limited range of motion of the hip

WHEN SURGERY IS NECESSARY:

When experiencing chronic hip pain, or have just sustained a hip related injury, you should contact Dr. Madsen for a diagnosis and treatment. Early diagnosis of a hip labral tear can help speed up recovery time and prevent further complications and help regain mobility, so you can get back to doing what you love.

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