Labral Tears

The labrum is a fibrocartilaginous rim of tissue that essentially deepens the socket of the hip and improves stability. If the hip pops or locks, this may be a symptom of a labral tear. If a torn labrum is unstable and flips into the joint, this may cause rapid wear and loss of cartilage.

Labral Tears

How Do I Know if I Have a Labral Tear?

The labrum is a cushion covering the hip socket that provides stability and reduces friction. If the labrum tears it will usually create a sharp pain in the front portion of the hip and can sometimes be felt into the thigh. A tear may begin as a hip impingement which worsens to a tear, or the labrum can just tear due to a congenital predisposition or an activity that have overburdened the hip.

A labral tear can also present itself as a dull ache in the hip or groin or a sharp pain that is present only during certain movements of the hip. An exam by a doctor will reveal tenderness with movement and an x-ray or MRI will show an abnormal protrusion where the tear has occurred.

Do you have any of these symptoms and think you may be suffering from a labral tear? We have a quick and easy tool to help gather some information from you to help us determine what your problem is and get you on the road to recovery.

What is the Right Treatment for Me?

Many surgeons believe that these tears are precursors to arthritis and that by treating these problems early; the need for a hip replacement may be averted or significantly delayed. If caught early, treatment may include rest, physical therapy and medication. If the condition persists, the benefits of arthroscopic surgery should be discussed.

OLSS provides a wide range of treatment options and because our doctors are the most experienced and best trained in treating tears of the labrum, we are able to perform many advanced treatments other practices may not be able to offer.

The real question is: What treatment is best if you think you have a Labral Tear? Use our Treatment Check tool to quickly get started in finding the right treatment for you.