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The first step to treating a labral tear is a timely, complete and accurate diagnosis. Our goal is to diagnose and treat your child’s labral tear early in order to minimize her risk of developing arthritis (joint inflammation, resulting in pain, swelling, stiffness and limited movement) of her hip joint.
Your doctor will ask for a complete medical and family history (including any hip problems in the family). The doctor will conduct a physical exam, which may include:
• flexion (bending)
• adduction (movement inwards toward the body)
• internal (for anterior tear) and/or external (for posterior tear) rotations of the hip joint
• flexion (bending in both hips)
• extension (straightening the affected hip)
• Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): produces detailed images of organs and structures; shows the amount of
damage to the labrum and any other parts of the hip, such as cartilage and/or ligaments
• X-ray: to rule out a fracture and characterize the bony anatomy
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”