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Labrum Tear in the Hip: A Closer Look

Labrum tearThe socket portion of the hip joint, called the acetabulum, is part of the pelvis. The femoral head (the upper end of the thighbone called the femur) is a ball that fits into the socket.


Tissue called articular cartilage covers the surface of the ball and the socket. It creates a smooth, frictionless surface that helps the bones glide easily across each other. The acetabulum is ringed by strong fibrocartilage called the labrum. The labrum forms a seal around the socket.


Tears in the labrum are typically discovered by clinical examination and confirmed MRI arthrogram. Options for treatment for this problem include:


  • Physical Therapy- strengthening the core muscles and the hip can help to reduce pain
  • Medications- over the counter pills such as Tylenol or anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen or Aleve
  • Steroid Injections- this option is designed to reduce pain and inflammation. These injections are typically performed under ultrasound or x-ray guidance (fluoroscopy).
  • Surgery- This option is considered when other treatments have not provided relief. Both open procedures and arthroscopic procedures can be indicated


For more specific information, please check with your provider.



For more information and source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)