Alexander E Weber, MD
Orthopaedic surgeon & sports Medicine specialist

Understanding Hip Labral Tears: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Aug 29, 2023
Understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for hip labral tears is essential for anyone experiencing hip discomfort.

Causes

Trauma: Direct injury to the hip, such as a fall or sudden impact, can cause a labral tear.
Repetitive Movements: Athletes involved in sports like soccer, hockey, and dance, which require repetitive hip motion, are at higher risk.
Structural Abnormalities: Hip conditions like hip impingement or dysplasia can increase the likelihood of labral tears.

Symptoms

Hip Pain: The most common symptom is pain in the hip or groin area.
Clicking or Locking Sensation: Some individuals may experience a clicking, locking, or catching sensation in the hip.
Decreased Range of Motion: Reduced flexibility and difficulty in certain movements, like squatting or twisting.

Treatment

Conservative Approach: Physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and activity modification can help manage symptoms.
Injections: Corticosteroid or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections may provide relief.
Surgery: When conservative measures fail, arthroscopic surgery to repair or remove the torn portion of the labrum may be necessary.


It's crucial to consult a healthcare professional if you suspect a hip labral tear. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment can lead to a faster recovery and a return to an active, pain-free lifestyle. If you're experiencing hip pain or discomfort, don't hesitate to seek medical advice to address the issue promptly and effectively.

Dr. Weber and his team treat over 150 Los Angeles athletes and weekend warriors with hip labral tears and hip impingement each year. We provide personalized treatment for all hip injuries from professional athletes to high school recreational players to weekend skiers. If you are a patient with a hip injury in Los Angeles, please reach out. We can see you within 24 hours.