Hip Labral Tear

A hip labral tear involves the ring of soft tissue that follows the outside rim of the socket of your hip joint. This ridge of cartilage, called a labrum, works a little like a suction cup to help hold your hip joint together.

Athletes who participate in such sports as ice hockey, soccer, football, golfing and ballet are at higher risk of developing a hip labral tear. Structural abnormalities of the hip can also lead to a hip labral tear.

Signs and symptoms include hip pain or a "catching" sensation in your hip joint. Initial treatment may include pain relievers and physiotherapy. Using arthroscopic techniques, surgeons can remove loose fragments from within the joint and trim or repair the hip labral tear.


Diagram of a labral tear
Diagram of a labral tear
25 January, 2013