Hip Labral Tear

A hip labral tear involves the ring of soft elastic tissue, called the labrum, that follows the outside rim of the socket of your hip joint. The labrum acts like a socket to hold the ball at the top of your thighbone (femur) in place.

Athletes who participate in such sports as soccer, football, golf and ballet are at higher risk of developing a hip labral tear. Structural abnormalities of the hip also can lead to a hip labral tear.

Symptoms include hip pain or a “catching” sensation in your hip joint. Initial treatment may include pain relievers and physical therapy. Using arthroscopic techniques, surgeons can remove loose fragments from within the joint and trim or repair the hip labral tear.

Ther causes of a hip labral tear may be cause by trauma,injury or dislocation of the hip joint,which can occur during car accidents or from playing contact sports such as football,rugby can cause a hip labral tear. Structural abnormalities, some people are born with hip problems that can accelerate wear and tear of the joint and eventually cayse a hip labral tear. Repetitive motions, sports related and other physical activities including the sudden twisting or pivoting motions common in golf, can lead to joint wear and tear that ultimately results in a hip labral tear.

What are the treatments for Hip Labral Injuries?

Treatment choices will depend on the severity of your symptoms. Some people recover in a few weeks with conservative treatments, while others may require arthroscopic surgery to repair or remove the torn portion of the labrum. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) and naproxen (Aleve, others), can relieve pain and reduce inflammation.

There are different treatments depending on condition which Dr.Kevin yip will advise during the consultation, if there is a need for a treatment or surgery. For an appointment with Dr.Kevin yip please call  (+65) 6471 2691 or sms (+65) 91377787(24 hours).