Hip Labrum Tear
What is a Hip Labrum Tear?
The hip labrum is a rim of cartilage that surrounds the hip joint socket. The hip labrum is important because it cushions the hip joint and holds the head of the femur (leg bone) in the hip socket, like a seal or gasket. A hip labrum tear is when the hip labrum partially or completely tears.
- Twisting, turning, and pivoting sports and physical activities
- High impact sports like football, hockey, rugby
- A motor vehicle accident or high fall
Symptoms of a Hip Labrum Tear may include:
- Hip and/or groin pain
- Hip clicking, popping, locking with certain movements
- Stiffness and decreased range of motion
Symptoms you should look for:
- Tingling and numbness in the legs
- Inability to stand up straight without pain
- Stabbing and shooting pain that radiates to foot
- Chronic dull pain in the lower back
When you arrive for your initial consultation, Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) team of hip specialists will evaluate your areas of concern, discuss your symptoms, and develop a customized and comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This evaluation is a necessary part of diagnosing your condition and providing the best possible care.
When diagnosing of Hip Labrum Tear, the OPA specialist will provide:
- A medical, injury, and symptom history review
- A physical examination
- Multiple view x-rays
Once an official diagnosis is made, a customized treatment plan is prescribed. Treatment plans decrease your symptoms to help you live an active lifestyle.
Surgery may be recommended to treat severe tears and tears that do not respond to an OPA specialist’s non-surgical treatment plan. During an arthroscopic hip labrum repair, an OPA specialist repairs the torn labrum with surgical suture anchors. Physical therapy after surgery improves your strength and flexibility.