Labral tears in a patient’s hip involve the labrum, which is the ring of cartilage that follows the outside rim of the socket of your hip joint. The labrum acts like a rubber seal to help hold the ball of the thighbone within the hip socket.

Most patients don’t feel any signs or symptoms of labral tears. Though, in some cases, the patient may experience a catching sensation, pain in the hip or groin, or stiffness in the joint.

Labral tears can occur for many reasons. Some common causes of labral tears include:


Damage or dislocation of the hip joint resulting from a car accident, work-related injury, or contact sport can cause a hip labral tear.

Repetitive Motion

Any physical activities that involve sudden twisting or pivoting motions can lead to joint wear and tear that ultimately results in a hip labral tear.

Birth Defect

Some people are born with hip problems that can accelerate wear and tear of the joint and eventually cause a hip labral tear.

Labral tears in the hip may eventually lead to osteoarthritis in the hip joints. Diagnosis typically involves an x-ray or anesthesia injection.

physical therapy

Treatment of labral tears depends on the severity of a patient’s symptoms. Initially, the patient’s doctor will suggest conservative treatments, such as:

  • Rest
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB)
  • Naproxen (Aleve)
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Physical Therapy

Conservative treatments usually take up to a few weeks to effectively heal the injury.

After a few weeks of unsuccessful conservative treatment, the doctor may recommend arthroscopic surgery, in which a surgeon will cut out and remove the torn piece of labrum.

As an alternative, regenerative treatment using the patient’s own stem cells may be an option.