How Serious Is a Hip Labral Tear?

Medically Reviewed by NJ Spine & Orthopedic on March 28, 2023
A hip labral tear can range from mild to severe, depending on the circumstances of your condition. For instance, it may be caused by injury, structural problems, or degenerative issues and is treated differently from patient to patient. A hip labral tear is an injury to the labrum, which is the cushioning cartilage lining the hip joint socket. The labrum keeps the bones of the hip joint aligned for movement and keeps the fluid inside the joint to ensure painless motion. Occasionally, a hip labrum can have small tears at the edges due to gradual wear. In other cases, the hip labrum can separate from the socket bone in traumatic injuries or accidents.
At NJ Spine & Orthopedic, we can help you manage and treat a hip labral tear, no matter how minor or serious the condition may be. We offer a wide range of conservative and minimally invasive procedures that can relieve symptoms and strengthen the cartilage in the hip joint. With our board-certified medical team, you can get back to doing the activities you love in no time with our customized treatment plans.

Hip Labral Tear Symptoms

A hip labral tear can happen anywhere along the labrum but may cause similar symptoms regardless of the type of tear. Hip labral tear symptoms may include the following: 

  • Pain in the hip, groin, or buttocks
  • Pain when you walk, run, or sleep
  • Stiff hips
  • Limited range of motion
  • A clicking or locking sound or sensation

A hip labral tear can happen gradually or suddenly due to trauma. Sports, high-impact exercise, and repetitive motions may cause this condition. To diagnose a hip labral tear, the highly experienced medical team at NJ Spine & Orthopedic will assess your condition based on your symptoms. We utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and research to determine the site and severity of your condition to create a treatment plan based on your needs. 

Hip Labral Tear Treatments

Depending on the severity of your condition, you may have several treatment options. One of the primary goals of treating a hip labral tear, especially in minor cases, is pain management. Your doctor may recommend some of the following conservative and minimally invasive treatments:

  • Over-the-counter medications: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may reduce hip pain
  • Rest: Resting your hip and taking time away from strenuous activities may give your cartilage time to heal. Rest may be paired with hot and cold therapy around the hip for pain relief. 
  • Physical therapy: For strengthening the hip region, a physical therapist may use manual manipulation and provide exercises to increase flexibility and stability in the area.
  • Chiropractic care: Depending on your condition, a chiropractor may correct misalignments in the body and spine by using adjustment techniques based on your unique symptoms.
  • Labral debridement: This procedure is used to remove torn or weakened parts of the labrum in the hip joint.
  • Labral repair: This procedure may be beneficial if the labrum has separated from the bone to reattach it using anchors and stitching.
  • Labral replacement: In severe cases, a graft can replace a severely damaged labrum. 

At NJ Spine & Orthopedic, we take the time to listen to your symptoms and goals for treatment so that we can build a personalized treatment plan that is the most beneficial to you. We provide you with conservative treatment options to relieve hip labral tear discomfort. If conservative treatments haven’t helped with your hip pain after two or three months, we may recommend minimally invasive surgery to get you on the path to recovery. 

Schedule an Appointment With NJ Spine & Orthopedic Today

If you are having difficulty managing hip labral tear symptoms and they are impacting your ability to live your life, schedule an appointment with NJ Spine & Orthopedic to help you build a customized treatment plan to alleviate discomfort.

Our experienced and board-certified neurologists, orthopedic specialists, and physicians work in tandem to treat your specific condition using state-of-the-art equipment and procedures for faster recovery. Schedule an appointment today by calling (866) 553-0612 or filling out our contact form.

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