Hip Labral Tear

Hip pain is one of the most common complaints and one of the leading reasons individuals choose to go to their primary care provider or physical therapist. Hip Labral Tears are the result of damage being done to the labrum which acts as a cushion for the hip joint. The labrum plays an essential role in letting your hip move smoothly and without pain.

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Causes of Hip Labral Tear

Hip Labral Tears can be caused from a variety of reasons. Hip Labral Tears can occur as a result from trauma (sports, car accidents, etc.), but often occur with repetitive motions or structural abnormalities. Patients can have congenital hip conditions which could cause hip labral tears, or they could have a sudden twist or pivot motion which could cause the tear to take place.

  • Trauma — Sports, Car Accidents, etc.
  • Structural Abnormalities — Congenital Hip Conditions
  • Repetitive Motions — Sudden Twisting / Pivoting Motions

Symptoms of Hip Labral Tear

Symptoms can vary depending on the severity or mechanism of the injury. Patients typically report feeling pain in the groin area that can be increased when standing or walking. Patients might not be able to move throughout the entire range and have some levels of stiffness and limited range of motion. In addition, there could be a locking sensation or catching sensation in the hip.

  • Pain in the groin area
  • Pain when standing or walking
  • Catching or Locking Sensation in the Hip
  • Stiffness or Limited Range of Motion

Diagnosis of a Hip Labral Tear

Common diagnosis of a Hip Labral Tear includes an evaluation if the patient has experienced pain that persists for more than six weeks and increases with daily activities. Physical Therapists at Results Physiotherapy can determine potential Hip Labral Tears during the thorough evaluation with several specialized tests. Orthopedic Doctor referrals might be necessary for an MRI or X-Ray confirmation.

Treatment of a Hip Labral Tear with Physical Therapy

Treatment involves a comprehensive and inter-related approach. Once torn, the labrum cannot heal on its own. Many people gain functional levels of motion and activity without surgery. Surgical interventions are available, but most are recommended after conservative treatment.

At Results Physiotherapy, your Physical Therapist will guide your treatment in the areas of education, pain management, manual therapy, movement re-education, muscle strengthening, and functional training.

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Prevention Tips for Hip Labral Tears

Be aware of any hip pain that might occur with certain activities. A Physical Therapist can help you address muscle strength and flexibility along with proper movement patterns early. Take steps to avoid certain motions and activities which could cause you pain or exacerbate the issue. Working with a Physical Therapist will help you to continue strengthening the muscles around the hip and are key to preversing motion and decreasing pain.

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