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Dedicated to patient care, we utilise the latest arthroscopic and minimally invasive techniques for the management of all hip and knee conditions; thereby facilitating the best recovery and outcome for patients from surgery.

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Hip Labral Tear

Hip Labral Tear
The labrum is a ring of strong fibrocartilaginous tissue lining the socket of the hip joint. It serves many functions: acts as shock absorber, lubricates the joint and distributes the pressure equally. It holds the head of the femur in place, and prevents the lateral and vertical movement of the femur head with in the joint. It also deepens the acetabular cavity and offers stability against femoral head translation.

Labral tears may be caused by trauma, femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), hip hypermobility, dysplasia and degeneration. It is a rare condition that occurs in athletes playing sports such as ice hockey, soccer, golf and ballet. Structural abnormalities may also cause hip labral tears. You may experience hip pain, clicking and locking of the joint and restricted range of motion. You may also feel dull pain on moving your hip joint that may not subside on rest. A hip labral tear is often diagnosed with symptoms, history, physical examination and radiological techniques. Magnetic resonance arthroscopy may be more appropriate for diagnosing hip labral tears.

Your doctor may start with conservative treatment by prescribing non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and advising you to rest. These methods may offer symptomatic relief while surgery is required to repair the torn labrum. Your doctor may perform arthroscopic surgery using fibre-optic camera and surgical instruments through the smaller incisions. Depending on the severity of the tear, the damaged or torn labrum may be removed or sutured.

FAORTHA FRACSInternational Society for Hip Arthroscopy


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