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What Causes A Labral Tear?

Labral Tear

Labral Tear 300x221 - What Causes A Labral Tear?Hip labral tear involves injury to the labrum or the ring of cartilage following the outside rim of the hip joint socket. Labrum cushions the hip joint and acts like a gasket or a rubber seal to help hold the ball securely within the hip socket at the top pf the thighbone.

Athletes participating in ice hockey, golf, football, soccer, and ballet are at a higher risk of suffering from hip labral tears. Hip labral tear may also occur because of structural abnormalities.

Board certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tigran Garabekyan provides treatments for labral tear to patients in Los Angeles, Century City, CA, and surrounding communities.

Causes of Hip Labral Tear

Hip labral tear can be because of the following among other things:

Structural Ailments

Hip labral tears can be caused by conditions that result in abnormal hip movement. The femoral head, in femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), doesn’t fit properly in the socket. This can result in movement limitations and long-lasting groin pain. This is a highly common cause of labral tear. People of all ages can get affected by FAI. It can also result in osteoarthritis without treatment in certain patients.


Hip labral tear can be caused by trauma to the hip in people who play certain sports with high-impact, repetitive movements. This includes golf, football, ice hockey, and soccer.

Degenerative Health Conditions

Osteoarthritis is a long term or chronic wearing down of the joint cartilage. Cartilage can slowly erode over time and become prone to tearing. Excessive weight and older age can increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis. There is pain and stiffness in multiple joints with osteoarthritis.

Risk Factors of Hip Labral Tear

Certain people are at a higher risk of developing hip labral tears as compared to others. These are a few risk factors:


Women are more susceptible to hip labral tears as compared to men.

Hip Impingement (Femoroacetabular Impingement)

Hip impingement occurs when the socket or ball grows in excess of the bone. This causes abnormal contact between the two. There is a decrease in motion and excessive pain in people with hip impingement.

Hip Dysplasia

This is an inherited condition in which the socket is too shallow to support the femoral head. Increased stress and hip instability on the joint contribute to labral tear over time.

Capsular Laxity

A fibrous joint capsule is the hip’s stability source. The ligaments get attached to the ball and socket together for surrounding the joint. Looseness or laxity develops when the hip is over rotated frequently.

Micro-Traumas To The Hip

Repetitive micro trauma to the hip in the form of unnoticeable or small injuries can build up over time. This can occur while participating in sports, like ballet, golf, or soccer. The injuries can result in labral tearing.


Labral tears can be caused by slipping, falling, car accidents or other trauma. It’s vital to seek professional medical care as soon as possible to avoid worsening of your condition. A specialist in orthopedic surgery of the hip, Dr. Garabekyan receives patients from Los Angeles, Century City, CA, and nearby areas for safe and proven hip procedures.

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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