Labral Tear in the Hip

Well done! You’ve taken the first steps to understanding and relieving your Labral Tear! The hip isn’t the only place that you have a labrum, but we’ll stick with the hip for this page, so it’s more specific to you. Once you read this page answer the questions on the sheet given by your physiotherapist at Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia and bring that to your next treatment session. Recovery from your Labral Tear is crucial in order to achieve your goals and gain rapid and long-lasting results. Your physiotherapist at Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia has requested that you read this page so that you understand your condition and know how to best manage in between physiotherapy consultations.

What is a Labrum?

The Labrum is a ring of cartilage within your hip joint, which follows the outside rim of the socket part of the ball and socket joint that is your hip joint. This does several things. Firstly, it acts as a seal to hold the femur (thigh bone) into the joint. Secondly, it provides some cushioning for the joint. Thirdly, it increases the surface area of the joint, which allows for a larger range of movement, without the fear of dislocation, while still providing joint stability. Frontal section through the right hip joint

What caused my Labral Tear?

Most labral tears have no known cause. However, labral tears can come as the result of trauma to the area, for example as the result of a fall, when the hip may be suddenly forced into an extreme position. Another mechanism is through repeated minor trauma through repeated rotation of the hip. It is likely that the idiopathic presentations are also due to repeated minor trauma.

How can you help me with my Labral Tear?

A detailed history, taken by your Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia Clinician, of the pain or injury can determine the underlying cause of your Labral Tear, while a physical assessment of the knee, hip, back and surrounding structures, can determine the best course of action in treating the condition. Usually, treatment will involve correcting any abnormal gait (walking) biomechanics, and strengthening/stretching muscles to reduce muscle imbalances, weakness, and tightness.

What should I do to avoid aggravating my Labral Tear?

  • AVOID activities that aggravate your pain, until you have seen a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia Clinician.
  • AVOID generic strengthening activities such as squats and lunges, until you have seen a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia Clinician, as they may be contributing to the muscle imbalances, rather than helping them.
  • REMAIN ACTIVE, while avoiding aggravating activities.
  • For RELIEF, applying ice to the area may help to reduce some pain and inflammation in the initial stages. Be sure to wrap the icepack in a towel, and only apply for 10 minutes every 2 hours. CEASE use if you have any negative reaction.
  • RECEIVE physiotherapy care to get your joints, ligaments, and muscles de-loaded and moving freely with no restrictions.
Keep good care of your body and your physiotherapist will continue to monitor your condition. Once your Labral Tear has resolved you will be able to resume your full activities without worrying about future flare-ups.

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