As the largest ball-and-socket joint in your body, your hips take a lot of wear and tear during your daily activities. Unfortunately, this leaves your hips open to a variety of conditions and injuries that could cause you discomfort, decrease your mobility, and keep you from doing the things you enjoy. One such injury is an acetabular labral tear.
Understanding an Acetabular Tear
“Acetabular” is a term that refers to the socket of your hip, where your femur connects into the hip joint’s socket. When someone has an acetabular labral tear, it means that their labrum, the connective tissue, and cartilage that allow the joint to remain stable and move comfortably, has been damaged.
In many cases, an acetabular labral tear develops as a result of a fall, car accidents, and as a result of a sports injury. However, many people will develop an acetabular labral tear over time – leaving them with no definitive moment or accident that caused their injury.
Women tend to develop this injury more frequently than men, and it has been found that acetabular labral tears are often found in individuals with osteoarthritis or congenital deformities of the hip.
Common Symptoms of Acetabular Labral Tear
The most commonly reported symptoms of an acetabular labral tear include clicking or “catching” of the joint, pain in the groin and buttocks, and stiffness.
In some cases, individuals with this injury may not experience any symptoms at all. This makes diagnosing an acetabular labral tear quite difficult unless you are working with a highly-qualified and experienced hip surgeon who can identify this injury. Since some individuals develop labral tears gradually over time, and experience no symptoms, working with a professional becomes even more important.
Acetabular Labral Tear Treatment Options
With this injury, surgery is not the first option. Whenever possible, Dr. Vigdorchik will create a conservative treatment plan to help you recover without needing to resort to a surgical procedure.
Some common treatment options for acetabular labral tears include physical therapy, rest, and the use of over-the-counter pain medications to manage your discomfort while you recover. If these treatments are not effective, however, Dr. Vigdorchik may recommend arthroscopic surgery to repair the torn tissue.
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If your acetabular labral tear is accompanied by any of the symptoms below, please call New York City’s innovative hip surgeon Dr. Vigdorchik immediately and have someone drive you to our office.
- Chronic pain or swelling in and around the hip joint, groin, and buttocks
- Clicks or pops when moving the hip joint
- Grating sensations accompanying joint movements
- Difficulty walking, stiffness in the hip or limited range of motion
- Feeling unsteady on your feet