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Hip Labral Tears

What are Hip Labral Tears?

A hip labral tear is a condition involving damage to the labrum, a ring of cartilage that lines the socket of the hip joint. The labrum acts as a cushion and helps to stabilise the hip joint. Tears can occur due to injury, repetitive motions, or degenerative changes in the hip joint.


Symptoms of a hip labral tear can vary depending on the severity of the tear and the individual's activity level, but they often include:


  • Hip Pain: Pain in the hip joint is the most common symptom of a labral tear. The pain may be sharp or dull and can occur in the groin, hip, or buttock region. It may worsen with certain activities or movements, such as walking, running, or twisting.

  • Clicking or Catching Sensation: Some people with a labral tear may experience a clicking, locking, or catching sensation in the hip joint, particularly during movement. This sensation can occur due to the labrum getting caught between the ball and socket of the hip joint.

  • Stiffness and Limited Range of Motion: Individuals with a hip labral tear may notice stiffness in the hip joint, as well as a decreased range of motion. Activities such as bending, squatting, or sitting for prolonged periods may exacerbate these symptoms.

  • Instability or Feeling of Giving Way: In some cases, a labral tear can cause feelings of instability in the hip joint, as if it may give way or buckle during certain movements. This sensation can be particularly concerning during weight-bearing activities.

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