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What Is a Hip Labral Tear?

Hip Labral Tear Repair Kirkland, WAThe acetabular labrum is a ring of specialized cartilage resting on the edge of the bony socket (acetabulum) of the hip joint. The function of the labrum is to deepen the socket and provide a “suction seal” to the hip joint. Tears of the acetabular labrum are becoming more commonly recognized.

Hip labral tears can be due to a single acute traumatic event. Acute labral tears usually result from a sports injury, fall, or accident. They are commonly associated with sudden, twisting maneuvers that cause immediate pain in the hip.

Dr. Fuchs is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon that specializes in diagnosing and treating hip injuries. Call (425) 823-4000 to schedule an appointment at our office in Kirkland, WA today!

How Can Hip Arthritis Lead to a Labral Tear?

More commonly, however, labral tears are degenerative in nature. Degenerative labral tears are chronic injuries that occur as a result of repetitive wear and tear over time and can be seen in the early stages of hip arthritis. The most common cause of degenerative labral tears is a condition known as femoroacetabular impingement (FAI).

How to Treat a Labral Tear

Treatment for labral tears consists of activity modification, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medications. If these measures are unsuccessful, the labrum can be debrided or repaired using a minimally invasive arthroscopic technique.

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Contact our orthopaedic office in Kirkland, WA, at (425) 823-4000, to learn more about hip labral tears. Dr. Fuchs provides treatment for other hip conditions, including hip replacement surgery.

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