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Hip Labral Tear


If your hip joint hurts, or if it catches or clicks when you move your leg, you may have a torn labrum. That’s a rim of tissue that surrounds the hip’s socket. It helps to deepen the socket and cushion the joint. A torn labrum can keep the hip joint from working smoothly.


Hip Labral Tear

Causes & Triggers

You can tear a labrum during athletic activity. It can happen if you play football, soccer, golf or hockey. It can also be a problem for ballet dancers. In some people, labral tears are linked to problems with the shape of the hip joint. And, a labral tear can also develop if your hip joint has degenerated because of osteoarthritis.

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

Signs & Symptoms

A torn labrum can cause pain in your groin or in the front of your hip. Your hip may hurt when you are active. You may also notice a catching or a clicking sensation in the joint when you move it.

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

Tips & Treatment

Treatment options may include medications and physical therapy. If these aren’t helpful, you may benefit from surgery. Your healthcare provider can create a plan that’s right for you.

  • 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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