Labral tear

The acetabular labrum is the ring of cartilage that lines the hip joint. It deepens the joint socket which helps give the joint stability. The labrum can get damaged by acute trauma such as squatting, falls landing on the side of the hip etc. It can also get damaged due to other issues in the hip joint itself such as instability or impingement (discussed below).

Symptoms of a labral tear include hip or groin pain, clicking or catching of your hip during movement etc. A hip labral tear may predispose to the develepment of hip osteoarthritis in the future.

Treatment may include arthroscopic surgery to remove the torn cartilage, followed by rehabilitation. Rehab includes soft tissue therapy and exercises targeted at increasing range of motion, stability, muscle strength, prioprioception and core stability.

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