Labral Tear

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INJURY TITLE

Labral Tear

 

INJURY OVERVIEW

A tear in the cartilage that houses the hip joint.

 

INJURY IN-DEPTH INFORMATION

Usually from a twisting injury or a fall.  This type of injury is diagnosed more and more with the increasing use of scans and images. 

 

COMMON SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

  • Pain in the groin (one side only).
  • Sometimes back pain can be present also.

 

HOW IS IT ASSESSED

  • Clinical testing that aims to stress the labral tissue will reproduce the symptoms
  • MRI imaging will highlight any damage in the tissue.
  • Use of a local injection of anaesthetic (should it kill the pain) will show that the hip is source of the pain.

 

 

GENERAL TREATMENT

  • Strengthening and flexibility exercises around the hip to correct any imbalances.
  • Manual therapy to help with any sites of muscle pain (locally and referred).
  • Sometimes surgical opinion may be sought to prevent any further damage or degeneration of the cartilage.

 

Exercise Videos: i.e.

  • Rotator cuff strengthening
  • Pec stretch
  • etc

 

WHICH HEALTH PROFESSIONAL TO CONSULT

PHYSIO     X

MEDIC     X

PODIATRY     

Put an ‘X’ next to each health professional that most commonly deals with this injury.

i.e. tennis elbow would be Physio and Medic as injections are common, whereas for muscular LBP it would be Physio and not Medic as they would just refer them to a Physio.

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