Hip Labral Tear | Treatments

How are hip labral tears treated?

Non-surgical treatment for acetabular labral tears

Some labral tears are treated non-surgically with pain medication and physical therapy. Sometimes a hip injection may be needed. The doctor injects the hip with numbing medication and may use a steroid to reduce the pain and inflammation in the hip joint.

Treatment may include conservative approaches such as:

  • rest
  • activity restrictions
  • anti-inflammatory and pain medications
  • exercises and physical therapy (to strengthen the muscles around the hip joint and avoid stress)

Surgical treatment for acetabular labral tears

If the labrum does not heal on its own, minimally-invasive (arthroscopic) surgery may be necessary. During this minimally-invasive surgery, the surgeon makes two or three keyhole incisions and inserts a thin scope to see the joint. Then, the doctor repairs or removes damaged tissue

Some labral tears may require more extensive surgical treatment, depending on the underlying structural disorder of the hip. Rarely, depending on the severity of the labral tear and the structural disorder of the hip, the surgery may be performed using an open technique.

How long does it take to recover from arthroscopic surgery?

For the first two to three weeks, crutches are used as support (partial weight-bearing). Physical therapy to help restore muscle strength and range of motion begins after surgery. Most patients can return to sports four to six months after surgery.

What is the long-term outlook for patients with labral tears?

For many patients, minimally-invasive hip arthroscopy is very successful in relieving symptoms and improving hip function. If there is an underlying hip condition, the doctor will discuss long-term results of surgery and any additional treatment in the future.

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