A hip labral tear is an injury to the soft elastic tissue around the hip joint called the labrum. The hip joint is made of a ball and socket. The ball is the end of the thigh bone, also called the femur. This ball fits into the bowl-shaped socket in the pelvic bone, also called the acetabulum. Cartilage lines the socket to keep movement smooth and the joint cushioned. The labrum helps to hold the ball of your femur in place. When this tears, it is called a hip labral tear.
Talk with your doctor about the best plan for you. Treatment options include the following:
Common medical treatment may include:
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Steroid injection to the joint
Physical therapy to strengthen muscles
Generally, this treatment is tried for several weeks. If there is no improvement, then surgery is considered.
uses a thin, lighted tube inserted through a small incision to view the injury and fix it. Small instruments are threaded through this tube. The torn labrum may be removed or sewn together.
After surgery, you may be fitted with a brace. This will provide support and aid healing. A therapist will work with you. The therapy will include strength exercises and a plan to increase your weight bearing.