Torn Labrum In Your Hip
Hip labral tear refers to an injury to the labrum. This is the soft tissue which covers the hip socket or acetabulum. This condition can be caused by degenerative issues, injury, and structural problems. Symptoms of hip labral tear include stiffness and pain in the hip. It can be treated non-surgically or with surgery.
Southern California Hip Institute (SCHI), led by board certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tigran Garabekyan, provides orthopedic surgery to patients in Los Angeles, Century City, Beverly Hills, CA, and surrounding communities.
Symptoms of Hip Labral Tear
- Pain in the buttocks or groin
- Hip stiffness or pain
- Locking or clicking sound from the hips
- A feeling of unsteadiness on your feet
Hip discomfort or pain can get worse if you have a hip labral tear when you rotate the hip, bend, play sports, or exercise. People can have this condition without any symptoms as well.
Hip Labral Tear Sensation
Torn labrum can feel different for different people. It depends on the severity and type of the tear. However, it is usually painful and uncomfortable. Labral tear pain is mostly near the groin, at the front of the hip. It can also extend all the way to the buttocks and thighs.
You may experience pain while squatting, rotating the leg, climbing stairs, or sitting for an extended period. Patients with labral tears describe the feeling as being unsteady when putting weight on the hip.
Diagnosing a Hip Labral Tear
The doctor will carry out a physical examination for diagnosing the hip labral tear. They may ask you to walk around or move your leg during the exam. The doctor can make a better diagnosis if you are honest about the pain you feel while moving.
Doctors can use imaging tests for diagnosing hip labral tear as well. They may order the following imaging tests for making a sound diagnosis:
X-rays can alert physicians of any problems within the hip bones. This includes osteoarthritis and acetabulum (socket) of the hip. These conditions can contribute to a painful hip and labral tear.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI
The tests show soft tissues in the hip region in more detail. MRIs can be useful in showing where the labral tear is and the extent of its severity.
- Diagnostic Injection
The doctor may choose to inject an anesthetic in your joint for diagnosing the cause of the hip pain. The doctor can determine whether the joint is the source of your pain by numbing the area. If pain is completely gone once you receive the injection, then the problem is in the joint. In case the problem persists even after receiving the injection, it could mean that something else is the issue.
This surgical procedure can be used for diagnosing and treating labral tears and other hip conditions. The doctor will insert a tiny camera in the joint to look for signs of damage. This will help in confirming the diagnosis.
Board certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tigran Garabekyan receives patients from Los Angeles, Century City, Beverly Hills, CA, and nearby areas for orthopedic surgery.
Contact the Southern California Hip Institute
Dr. Tigran Garabekyan is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip preservation. To learn more about Southern California Hip Institute or to schedule a consultation, click here to contact us or call:
Century City / Los Angeles: 310.595.1030
Serving patients in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Century City, West Hollywood, North Hollywood Encino, Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, Burbank, Glendale and other neighboring cities in the greater Los Angeles, California area.
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