LABRAL TEAR

WHAT IS A LABRAL TEAR?

Labral tears are an injury to the ring of cartilage around a part of the hip joint called the labrum (cartilage is a type of tissue that cushions joints). It’s most common in young or middle-aged athletes in sports with repetitive motions. This includes hockey, soccer, and football players; runners; tri-athletes; gymnasts; and dancers.

WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS OF A LABRAL TEAR?

  • Pain in the front of your hip or groin that gets worse when:
    • You’re active.
    • You sit for a long time.
  • Stiffness or limited ability to move the hip joint.
  • A feeling that your hip is locking, clicking, or catching when you move it.

Sometimes, labral tears are minor and don’t cause any symptoms.

WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS FOR A LABRAL TEAR?

  • Some labral tears get better on their own. Treatments for other labral tears include:
    • Pain medicines: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or acetaminophen:
      • NSAIDs like ibuprofen (e.g., Advil and Motrin) help relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
      • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) relieves pain.
    • Injection of steroids into the hip joint to relieve pain.
    • Physical therapy to help you move better, strengthen the muscles around your hip joint, and avoid movements that stress the hip joint.

    Surgery to repair or remove and replace the torn part of the labrum. Done arthroscopically through a few small incisions, this minimally-invasive surgery helps you heal faster and with less pain.

YOU NO LONGER HAVE TO LIVE WITH NECK AND BACK PAIN.