FAQs About Torn Hip Labrum Injuries

April 29th, 2015

 As an athlete, you depend upon your hip for support and mobility. But, an injury to this joint can do more than just slow you down on the field; it can affect your day to day activities as well. So, if you have experienced a torn hip labrum, you probably have a number of questions about your treatment and recovery. At Rothman Institute, we understand that your questions are the first step towards restoring your hip, so our hip specialists have gotten together to answer some of your most frequently asked questions about this particular injury.  

What Causes a Torn Hip Labrum? 
A torn hip labrum is a common injury among athletes like you and can occur in a number of ways. Most are not the result of an acute (or sudden) injury. Rather, the majority of these injuries result over time from a problem in the form of the hip joint. The most common condition which can cause such a tear is femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), or “impingement.” This condition causes high stress to be placed across the hip joint, placing the labrum, a ring of cartilage around the joint, at risk for injury. A second condition which can cause a similar result, though less common, is hip dysplasia. 
How Do You Treat a Labral Tear?
When it comes to treating a torn hip labrum, one of the most important first steps is to determine the cause. As mentioned previously, such tears are often secondary to problems with the shape of the hip joint. Knowing the primary cause will play a significant role in determining the best course of treatment. 
Depending upon the cause, as well as the severity, of the injury, there are a number of different treatment options available. Non-operative treatment options include: 
Physical therapy
Activity modification
In more severe cases, a surgical approach may be a better option. Hip arthroscopy is a surgical procedure which allows orthopaedic surgeons to repair the torn hip labrum using small instruments and fiber-optic cameras. 
Where Can I Find Expert Treatment? 
If you or someone you love has experienced a torn labrum, it is important to seek a diagnosis from hip specialists and sports medicine physicians. These experts can assess the extent of your injury as well as discerning the primary causes, ensuring the best treatment and recovery. At Rothman Institute, you will find a team of specialists working together to provide our patients the best possible care from the first visit through the last. To make an appointment today, contact us at 1.800.321.9999.

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