Labral Tears of the Hip

Overview

This condition is a tearing of the labrum - a thick cuff of fibrous tissue that lines the hip socket. The labrum cushions the joint and provides a smooth surface for the head of the femur to glide within the socket. A torn labrum can interfere with the normal motion of the hip joint.

Causes

Labral tears are typically caused by physical activity, especially repetitive motions. They can also be caused by trauma or diseases that injure the bone or cartilage of the hip joint.

Symptoms

Minor labral tears may cause no symptoms. But some tears can cause a locking or catching sensation in the joint during certain movements. They can cause pain and can interfere with the joint's normal range of motion.

Treatment

Treatment options may include physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, anti-inflammatory medications, and arthroscopic surgery.

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