Hip Labral Tear

A hip labral tear is a common injury that causes hip and groin pain.  The labrum function is to provide joint stability, shock absorption, joint lubrication, pressure distribution and decreasing contact stress between the acetabular (pelvic) and femoral cartilage.

Is a Hip Labral Tear Painfull?

A labral tear can cause pain if the labrum is torn, frayed or damaged.  Pain can be in the groin, in the anterior side of the hip, or less commonly in the buttock region.  Individuals often cup the side of their hip with their hand to display the area of pain; this is known as the ‘C’ sign.

Symptoms of Hip Labral Tear

With a hip labral tear you may experience a constant dull pain with periods of sharper pain made worse with activity/movement.  Clicking, locking, catching or giving way through the hip can also be signs of a labral tear.

Those with labral tears report pain with walking, pivoting, prolonged sitting, high impact activities and some will even report night time pain.

Hip Labral Tear Diagnosis

A hip labral tear is diagnosed through a combination of symptoms, our East Perth Physio’s can program an assessment and clinical tests.  Specific movements that stress the labrum including torsional or twisting movements, hyper abduction, hyperextension and hyperextension with lateral rotation.

Studies show up to 22% of athletes with groin pain may have a labral tear in the hip, however almost 75% of cases have no direct known cause.

Hip Labral Tear Treatment

The primary goal of your Trained Physio is early treatment to minimise pain, inflammation and initiate early movement while avoiding causing stress on the area and addressing lifestyle factors.  Exercises to promote hip stability and increase local and global strength can be highly beneficial.

In the cases where medical management is required, a hip arthroscopy can be performed.  In this case pre and post operative Physiotherapy will be crucial to the extent of recovery and return to normal hobbies, sports and performance goals!

East Perth Trained Physio Can Help

Our East Perth Trained Physio’s can provide a thorough assessment of your current and previous training, taking into account all lifestyle factors that may be adding to your injury or pain state. A full body and movement assessment will identify any weakness, imbalances or loading issues and can provide you with movement retraining and strength and conditioning programming and load management advice to keep you training and prevent or resolve any current pain or injuries.

East Perth Trained Physio

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Written by: Olivia Strelein

BSc. Physiotherapy (Honours)
BSc. Exercise and Sport Science
Personal Trainer