Hip Labral Tear | Symptoms and Causes

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What are the symptoms of a hip labral tear?

Hip labral tears often may not have any signs or symptoms, but occasionally a person may experience:

  • a sharp pain in the front of the hip, sometimes shooting down the thigh
  • a locking, catching, clicking or giving-way sensation in the hip
  • pain when rotating the leg
  • pain in the back of the thigh or buttock
  • stiffness or limited range of motion in the hip joint

What causes an acetabular labral tear?

Typically, a hip labral tear is a wear-and-tear injury caused by sports and activities that involve hip rotation. Labral tears often are associated with underlying structural problems of the hip including hip dysplasia and hip impingement. They also can occur with repetitive over-rotation and hyper-flexion in normal hips.

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