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This article will discuss what a hip labral tear is, its common symptoms, and the various treatment options.
What Is a Hip Labral Tear?
To understand what happens with a labral tear, you need to understand a little about the anatomy of the hip joint.
The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. The “ball” part is the head of the femur or the thigh bone. The socket is made up of a bone called the acetabulum and a layer of fibrocartilage known as the hip labrum. This layer of fibrocartilage aids in the smooth movements of the hip joint and provides stability to the joint.
If the ring of cartilage gets damaged, then the function of the hip joint becomes impaired. This is what we call a labrum tear.
Although this type of injury may occur during sports or other activities, the most common cause of a labral tear is femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), or what is commonly known as hip impingement.
This is when the femoral head develops tiny spurs or bone growths that prevent smooth movements within the joint. These growths can then tear the labrum and damage the cartilage. Other causes of a labral tear can include osteoarthritis.
What Are the Symptoms of a Hip Labral Tear?
The only sure way to diagnose a labral tear is to have it checked out by a trained orthopedist. However, you may want to have it checked out if you are feeling pain in the front of your hip.
This is by far the most common symptom of a hip labral tear. Other hip labral tear symptoms may include joint pain and stiffness.