What is it?

A hip labral tear, or acetabular labral tear, is an injury of the soft tissue that covers the hip socket. The labrum helps the femoral head move smoothly with the acetabulum, the hip socket. Hip labral tear may be caused due to structural ailment such as femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), when the femoral head doesn’t fit into the socket properly, injury, and degenerative bone conditions (osteoarthritis).

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may include hip pain, stiffness in the hip joint, pain in the groin or buttocks area, a clicking sound whenever the hip joint is moved, and feeling unsteady on the feet.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include imaging of the hip joint.


Treatment depends on the underlying cause and may include anti-inflammatory medication, steroidal injections, rest, and physical therapy. If the pain does not go away, surgery may be suggested.

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Is an acetabular labrum tear the same as a hip labral tear?

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