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The hip is shaped like a ball-and-socket. The socket is called the acetabulum, and the ball is the femoral head, located at the top of the femur (leg bone). A hip labral tear is an injury to the labrum, the soft tissue that covers the acetabulum. The labrum helps the femoral head move smoothly within the socket. It lets your hip move without problems or pain. It also serves as a seal, keeping the ball and socket together but not touching.
Trauma to the hip can lead to a hip labral tear. This can happen to people who play certain sports that have repetitive and high-impact movements, such as ice hockey, football, soccer and golf. If you have a hip labral tear, hip pain or discomfort may get worse when you bend, move or rotate the hip, or exercise or play sports. It’s also possible to have a hip labral tear with no symptoms at all.
The symptoms of a hip labral tear include: Hip pain or stiffness, Pain in the groin or buttocks area, A clicking or locking sound in the hip area when you move, feeling unsteady on your feet.
To diagnose a hip labral tear, the doctor will do a physical examination. During the exam, the doctor may ask you to move your leg or walk around. How well you can move, and any pain you feel while moving, can help the doctor with the diagnosis. Imaging tests can also help doctors diagnose a hip labral tear.
The doctor may order the following imaging tests X-rays and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). A hip labral tear won’t heal on its own, but rest and other measures can help manage symptoms of a minor tear. There are conservative care such as physical therapy, platelet rich plasma or stem cell available. If all else fails arthroscopic surgery is available.
For more information about the hip conditions we can treat in the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, CA area, including hip replacements, please contact us at 855-SOMA-844 (855-766-2844).