A labral tear is 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, as well as runners, triathletes, gymnasts, and dancers.
WHAT IS A LABRAL TEAR?
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.