If your hip joint hurts, or if it catches or clicks when you move your leg, you may have a torn labrum.
What is it?
If your hip joint hurts, or if it catches or clicks when you move your leg, you may have a torn labrum. The labrum is a rim of tissue that surrounds the hip's socket. It helps to deepen the socket and cushion the joint. A torn labrum can keep the hip joint from working smoothly.
What causes it?
Hip labrum tears is a hip injury that can occur during athletic activity. Labrum tears can happen if you play football, soccer, golf or hockey. It can also be a problem for ballet dancers. In some people, labral tears are linked to problems with the shape of the hip joint. A labral tear can also develop if your hip joint has degenerated because of osteoarthritis.
signs and symptoms
A torn labrum can cause pain in your groin or in the front of your hip. Your hip may hurt when you are active. You may also notice a catching or a clicking sensation in the joint when you move it.
Treatment options may include medications and physical therapy.
Our hip preservation specialists, Benton A. Emblom, MD and Michael K. Ryan, MD, are both fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons who commonly diagnose and treat labral tears of the hip. If non-surgical, conservative treatment is not effective, surgery is a reliable treatment option. For more information, contact Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center at (205) 939-3699 and ask to speak with Dr. Emblom's or Dr. Ryan's appointment scheduler.
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