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A labral tear is an injury to the labrum — a ring of cartilage around the rim of your hip socket. In certain cases, if left untreated, it could lead to further joint damage and arthritis.
At the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Hip Preservation Program at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, we're experts at treating hip labral tears.
To make an appointment with one of our orthopaedic experts or ask a question about hip labral tear care, call 412-692-5530.
Your hip is a ball-and-socket joint. The ball, or femoral head, sits in the socket, or acetabulum, and allows for motion at the hip joint.
You have a ring of cartilage, called the labrum, around the rim of your hip socket. Think of the labrum like a gasket. It suctions the ball into the socket and provides stability to the hip joint.
Sometimes the hip labrum can become torn causing pain and difficulty with range of motion.
An overuse injury or trauma can tear the labrum. In younger people, repetitive motions, or conditions like acetabular hip dysplasia or femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), are often the culprits.
Athletes in sports that involve quick changes of direction, especially rotating and twisting of the lower extremities, may become at risk for hip labral tears.
Many people with hip labral tears have no symptoms.
If you do have symptoms, you may feel:
To help diagnose a labral tear in your hip, your doctor will:
Your doctor may also order imaging tests, such as:
At the AYA Hip Preservation Program, we tailor your treatment based your physical examination and individual goals.
Most times we start with nonsurgical treatments for labral tears, such as:
Your doctor may suggest a hip arthroscopy to repair your hip labral tear if you get no pain relief with conservative treatments.
During hip arthroscopy, we use a small camera (an arthroscope) to look inside your hip. We can repair cartilage or shave off excess bone. This is a minimally invasive surgery because it only requires small incisions.
Physical therapy after surgery will help you make a successful recovery.
To make an appointment with one of our hip doctors, call 412-692-5530.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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