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Labral Tear

About Labral Tear

Anatomy of Labral Tear

A labral tear is a condition that affects the hips. Since your hips bear your weight and are critical to most movements, hip pain and mobility issues can have a drastic impact on your life and lifestyle. To get back to a pain-free life, find a spine specialist who knows how to deal with the different types of hip pain. Only a spine specialist can reach a correct diagnosis and deliver the most effective labral tear hip treatment. Call the Spine & Rehab Group before your pain becomes disabling. Find an office near you in New Jersey in Paramus, Riverdale, Englewood Cliffs, Cranford and East Brunswick. In New York City, visit a clinic in the Financial District, Greenwich Village or Midtown Manhattan.

What Is a Labral Tear?

A labral tear is an injury to the soft tissue in the ball-and-socket joint of the hip. The ball at the top of your femur or thigh bone fits into a socket called the acetabulum. The labrum is the soft tissue that allows the bone to move freely within the socket.

A tear can be triggered by a hip injury or by degeneration of the tissue. Hip pain may be a sign of a hip labral tear, or it may be a sign of another condition, such as:

To find out the exact cause of your hip pain, see a spine specialist with experience treating hip pain and dealing with labral tears. To receive the best care, visit Dr. Amr Hosny and the expert team of spine doctors at the Spine & Rehab Group. With eight locations in New York City and throughout northern New Jersey, you can find an office near you.

What Are the Signs of a Labral Tear?

The symptoms of a labral tear resemble several other hip-related conditions, which is why you’re best served having a specialist make the diagnosis. Your pain is usually concentrated at the front of the hip, but it may extend to your thigh or buttocks. Symptoms you may experience from a labral tear include:

  • Pain in your hip or groin that worsens with activity such as bending or rotating the hip joint
  • Pain that’s aggravated by climbing stairs or sitting in a low chair
  • Limited range of motion or stiffness in your hip area
  • Clicking or snapping sensations in your hip when you move

In some cases, a hip labral tear may be present with no symptoms, but you most likely experience a limited range of motion in your hip that makes everyday activities difficult. You may also feel like your hip is unstable or even giving way under you.

What Causes a Labral Tear?

Labral tears can affect people of any age because there are several possible causes. Some causes build up over time while other causes happen suddenly. You can suffer a labral tear due to:

  • Repetitive movements. Repetitive activities that involve a lot a twisting and pivoting can cause a labral tear. These movements are often involved in sports injuries from games such as basketball and tennis.
  • Structural abnormalities. Hip problems present from birth can accelerate the wear and tear of the joint.
  • Trauma. A labral tear can occur after a trauma that causes a hip injury, such as a car accident, a fall or full-contact sports.

Degenerative health conditions increase the risk of experiencing a labral tear. Cartilage protects the bones and decreases the friction in the joint. When you have arthritis, your cartilage wears down over time, making the labrum more prone to tearing.

What Are Labral Tear Hip Treatment Options?

Your spine doctor can diagnose a hip labral tear during a physical exam, which includes watching how well you’re able to move and finding out where you experience pain during movement. You may need to undergo imaging tests, including x-rays or an MRI to help your doctor confirm a diagnosis of a labral tear. Your Spine & Rehab physician always chooses interventional, non- or minimally invasive treatments first. Initial hip labral tear treatment may include:

  • Rest and avoiding activities that worsen your pain
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen
  • Physical therapy to strengthen and stretch hip muscles
  • Cortisone injections to reduce inflammation and relieve pain
  • Pain management techniques to help you through your recovery

If you have a severe tear or if these methods don’t relieve your pain, your doctor may consider surgery. Surgery to repair a torn labrum is usually done arthroscopically. It involves removing or repairing the torn piece of labrum, which can be effective to relieve pain and restore hip function.

Where Can You Get Labral Tear Treatment?

Don’t ignore hip pain, hoping it goes away on its own. If conservative treatment methods such as rest, ice and elevation aren’t helping, it’s time to consult a medical professional. An untreated labral tear can lead to worsening pain and a loss of mobility.

In NYC and northern NJ, the best choice for labral tear treatment is at the Spine & Rehab Group. The team includes top-rated, board-certified physicians and physical therapists who are committed to providing the best possible treatments for hip pain. Being spine specialists, they also treat:

Often, same-day or next-day appointments are available. Contact the nearest office today to get lasting relief from your labral tear.

Page Updated on Nov 16, 2021 by Dr. Hosny (Interventional Spine Specialist) of The Spine & Rehab Group
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