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Hip Labral Tears
A hip labral tear is an injury to the soft tissue (labrum) around the socket of the hip joint.
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Causes may be:
- Health problems that cause the hip joint to wear down, such as osteoarthritis
- Trauma from things like a motor vehicle accident or a fall onto the hip
- Repetitive movements in sports, such as golf
This problem is more common in older adults. Other things that may raise the risk are:
- Bending forward, running, jumping, or twisting from activities such as:
- Horseback riding
- Health problems of the hip, such as femoroacetabular impingement syndrome (FAI) or hip dysplasia
Problems may be:
- Hip pain
- Groin, buttock, or thigh pain
- Locking or clicking of the hip
- Hip instability
- Pain during activity
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. You may be asked about the activities that you do and when the pain started. A physical exam will be done. It will focus on the hip.
Images of the hip may be taken. This can be done with:
The goal of treatment is to ease symptoms to give the hip time to heal. Treatments may include:
- Limiting activities to let the hip rest
- Medicine to ease pain
- Physical therapy to help with strength, flexibility, and range of motion
- Wearing a brace to support the hip
Some people may need surgery. The torn labrum may be removed or sewn together.
Arthroscopy Association of North America
OrthoInfo—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Canadian Orthopaedic Association
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation
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Labrum tears. Cedars Sinai website. Available at: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Patients/Health-Conditions/Labrum-Tears.aspx. Accessed May 14, 2020.
Sports-related groin pain. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/approach-to/sports-related-groin-pain . Updated October 31, 2019. Accessed May 13, 2020.
What is a hip labral tear or strain? Mercy Health website. Available at: https://www.mercy.com/health-care-services/orthopedics-sports-medicine-spine/specialties/hip/conditions/hip-labral-tear-strain. Accessed May 14, 2020.
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Warren A. Bodine, DO, CAQSM
- Review Date: 02/2020
- Update Date: 03/18/2013