The hip is shaped like a ball-and-socket. The socket is called the acetabulum, and the ball is the femoral head, located at the top of the femur (leg bone). A hip labral tear is an injury to the labrum, the soft tissue that covers the acetabulum. The labrum helps the femoral head move smoothly within the socket. It lets your hip move without problems or pain. It also serves as a seal, keeping the ball and socket together but not touching.
Labral Tear of the Shoulder. The labrum is a piece of fibrocartilage (rubbery tissue) attached to the rim of the shoulder socket that helps keep the ball of the joint in place. When this cartilage is torn, it is called a labral tear.CONTACT US TODAY
The symptoms of a hip labral tear include:
If you have a hip labral tear, hip pain or discomfort may get worse when you bend, move or rotate the hip, exercise, or play sports. It’s also possible to have a hip labral tear with no symptoms at all.
A Shoulder labral tear is usually painful. It may feel like your shoulder joint is:
You may also feel a sense of instability in your shoulder, a decreased range of motion, and a loss of strength. Pain at night or while doing daily activities is also common.
Hip labral tears can be caused by many things, including the following:
Traumatic injury and wear and tear from repetitive motion of the upper arm can both cause shoulder labrum tears.
Some specific causes of shoulder labrum tears include:
A hip labral tear won’t heal on its own, but rest and other measures can help manage symptoms of a minor tear. Nonsurgical treatments include:
If symptoms persist or if the tear is severe, your doctor may recommend surgery. Surgery to repair a hip labral tear is usually done arthroscopically. This is a minimally invasive surgery in which the doctor makes small incisions (cuts) in the hip and uses miniature instruments to make the following repairs:
If FAI is also present, it will be addressed (removed) at the same time to help prevent the labrum from tearing again. The arthroscopic surgery is often done on an outpatient basis, meaning the patient goes home the same day.
Shoulder Labral tears are often treated with:
Shoulder Labrum tears requiring surgery are usually treated with minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery. During surgery, the surgeon removes the damaged part of the labrum. This can include cutting off any flaps of damaged cartilage that prevent proper motion of the joint.