What Is a Hip Labrum Tear?
A hip labral or labrum tear can result from a traumatic injury received from a car accident or a slip and fall. The labral tear of the hip is an injury to the labrum. The labrum is a circle of cartilage that sits on the socket area of the hip joint. You might recall that the hip joint is also called and seen as a ball-and-socket joint. There is therefore a ball on the top of the femur head, and a socket with is attached to the pelvis (or acetabulum).
Conditions That Cause a Labral Tear
There are several conditions that can cause a hip labral tear. The tear can come from a slip and fall or from a serious car accident. The hip labrum can separate or tear away from the socket bone from the trauma of an accident. This will affect eh labrum, which is responsible for keeping the joint fluid inside of your joint helping you to have frictionless motion while moving and walking.
Phases of Healing with a Labral Tear
Hip labral tears are usually either anterior (happening in the front of the hip joint) or posterior (occurring at the back end of the hip joint). The healing of a hip labral tear will take several weeks to months to heal. The following phases describe the healing phase of a hip labral tear.
- Pain in the hip, groin or buttocks area when walking
- Pain in running
- Pain at night when trying to sleep
- Hip stiffness
- Hip limited range of motion
- Clicking sounds in the hip
- Popping sounds in the hip
- Locking of the hip joints
- Feeling of extreme pain when moving the hips
The hip labral tear is diagnosed by looking at it during a physical exam with your primary care provider (your family doctor), by X-ray or with an MRI scan (with contrast material). The idea is to get the best view of the soft tissues that are near and surrounding the hip joint. The primary care provider or PCP will be looking for any inflammation or swelling in the hip area, and will note any differences that you experience with range of motion in the hips as well.
Hip Labral Tear Surgical and Non-Surgical Treatments
The hip labral tears can be treated with surgical and non-surgical treatments. First, the non-surgical treatments may be offered to avoid surgery, but if they do not work, surgical intervention will be inevitable.
Non-surgical hip labral tear therapies include:
- Limiting motion
- Over-the-counter medications
- Injections with steroids
- Anesthetic injections
- Physical therapy exercises
- Exercises to strengthen the hip muscles
The surgical procedures for a hip labrum tear are to receive an arthroscopic surgical intervention. This surgery includes making small incisions around the hip, and using an arthroscope camera to see the labral tear. Then the surgeon uses surgical tools to repair the labral tear, which can include removing damaged pieces of the labrum or using tissues from your body to repair the labral area for better motion going forward.
If there is an impingement of the hip caused by the labral tear, the surgeon will reshape the hip bones by surgical interventions, to allow the hip joint to glide more smoothly when you are walking. All surgical procedures are followed by physical therapy to help exercise and restore range of motion to the hip, which will strengthen the joint to allow better range of motion in the future.
Average Case Value of a Slip and Fall or Car Accident Labrum Tear
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Can I Sue for a Labral Tear of the Hip Related to My Accident?
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