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Treatment Orthopedics

Hip Labral Tear

The initial treatment plan for a labral tear usually comprises a period of rest, use of anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy. Exercises in the physical therapy program focus on improving the hip's range of motion and strengthening core muscles. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or naproxen, are helpful in decreasing the inflammation and pain associated with a labral tear. Sometimes corticosteroid injections are used to alleviate inflammation and discomfort.

In many patients, the symptoms disappear with time. But those whose pain continues despite conservative treatments may benefit from arthroscopic surgery to repair the damaged labrum (an arthroscope is an endoscope for joints). Patients are usually on crutches for two weeks after surgery and make a gradual return to sports over the following months. Physical therapy is a key part of the recovery and begins one week after surgery.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.

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