Hip Pain? How a Labral Tear may be Addressed

hips painAt the hip joint, the thigh bone and the pelvis meet in a ball-and-socket structure. It is this mechanism that facilitates the different movements the hip needs to achieve. Around the bony socket is a ring of cartilage, the labrum, which stabilizes the joint itself. This cartilage may separate from the socket under certain circumstances.

The complex structure of the hip joint may be disrupted by a traumatic injury, such as a car accident or fall. The labrum may also be torn as a result of extreme motion, such as occurs in sports such as soccer, hockey, or even distance running. A number of factors determine the risk of such an injury. These include the tightness and strength of the muscle around the hip joint, the presence of impingement, and the actual mechanism of movement during sporting activities or general physicality.

Might you have a Labral Tear?

Hip pain in general is not necessarily indicative of a torn labrum. Some of the signs that are worth investigating include:

  • General hip joint stiffness.
  • Deep, aching pain in the groin or front part of the hip.
  • Increase in pain when sitting or standing for longer periods of time.
  • Gradual onset of pain versus a noticeable episode.

Treating the Labral Tear

The torn labrum typically does not heal spontaneously. To restore structural integrity, the patient must undergo physical therapy or surgery, or both. Often, physical therapy is the first course of action. The goal in non-surgical treatment is to maximize mobility and strength in the hip. This should take the stress off of the separated cartilage, allowing the tear to heal. If comfort and mobility do not improve with physical therapy, surgery may be planned to repair or reconstruct the compromised structure of the hip joint.

Patients of Action Sports Medicine & Pain Management receive care from experienced health professionals. Care is developed around unique needs and the extent of injury, all with the intent of restoring optimal mobility and functionality which, in turn allows the patient to return to normal activities.

Do you need help navigating treatment for a labral tear? Call our Rockville Centre, Mineola, or Richmond Hill, NY office.

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