Hip Labral Tears: Definition
Pronounced: Hip Lay-bral TearsEn Español (Spanish Version)
A hip labral tear is an injury to the cartilage inside the hip joint. The hip joint is made of a ball and socket. The ball is the end of the thigh bone, also called the femur. This ball fits into the bowl-shaped socket in the pelvic bone, also called the acetabulum. Cartilage lines the socket to keep movement smooth and the joint cushioned. When the cartilage tears, it is called a hip labral tear.
Hip Joint and Cartilage
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If you suspect you have this condition, contact your doctor right away.
Hip labral tears can result from wear and tear or from an injury. Causes may include:
- Wear and tear of hip joint from different activities, such as golf or softball
- Traumatic injury to hip
- Twisting injuries
- Motor vehicle accident
- Degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis
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