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Hip Labral Tear


Like many other hip conditions, the prevalent symptom of this condition is pain. This time, though, the pain results from a tear in the deep cartilage of the hip socket rim known as the labral cartilage. Find out what causes it and how it’s treated.

Causes & Triggers

  • Anatomical abnormality
  • Injury (especially sports related)
  • Sudden twisting motion
  • Trauma (especially motor vehicle accident)

Signs & Symptoms

  • Catching
  • Clicking
  • Limited range of motion
  • Locking
  • Pain (especially hip, pelvis, back)
  • Stiffness

Tips & Treatment

  • This condition is more common in athletes, especially those with repetitive hip rotation, such as hockey, soccer, football and golf.
  • Non-surgical treatments may include activity modification, anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroid injections and physical therapy.
  • Surgical repair or removal may be an option, depending on the nature and severity of the tear.

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