Hip Labral Tear Surgery in Yuma, Arizona

The hip is a ball-and-socket joint that bears the majority of the body's weight when walking, sitting, and standing. The hip joint is composed of the ball (rounded top) of the thighbone and the socket of the pelvis. To prevent the bones from rubbing against one another during movement, cartilage covers both the ball and the inside of the socket (acetabulum). In addition, a soft tissue, known as the labrum, forms a ring around the outside rim of the socket to provide support and help hold the ball in place during movement.

Causes and Symptoms of Hip Labral Tears

Hip labral tearing is often the result of trauma, dislocation, structural abnormalities, or constant repetitive motion. While trauma and dislocation of the hip joint can cause immediate tearing of the labrum, structural abnormalities and increased repetitive motion can gradually intensify friction during movement. Over time, the soft tissue will weaken and wear away, eventually tearing. Soccer players, football players, and golfers have a higher risk of suffering from a labral tear because of the twisting of the hip joint seen in these sports. In addition, labral tears often occur in conjunction with other joint injury, such as dislocation.

There are not always noticeable signs or symptoms specifically related to labral tearing, such as sudden pain or difficulty walking. Dr. Henderson will use X-rays and MRIs to determine if the labrum has been damaged. However, many patients do experience symptoms as a resulting of tearing, including:

  • Locking of the hip joint, including feeling the need to ‘pop’ the joint
  • Pain in the hip and groin areas, especially during movement
  • Stiffness while walking or running
  • Decrease in the hip joint’s range of motion

Patients suffering from less severe tearing are able to control pain symptoms and return to their daily activities through a treatment plan involving non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and physical therapy.

Hip Labral Tear Arthroscopic Surgery

Patients suffering from severe labral tearing, and those unable to control symptoms through more conservative methods, will often benefit most from arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Henderson is renowned for providing the highest quality care and helping patients return to their active lifestyle as soon as possible, by using the newest advancement in minimally invasive surgery, such as arthroscopy. Arthroscopy is a form of minimally invasive surgery that allows Dr. Henderson to use a small fiber optic camera to see within the joint during the procedure. In addition, he will also use specialized instruments to navigate through the structure of the hip joint to remove any pieces of broken cartilage and/or repair the torn tissue.

To learn more about the types of minimally invasive surgery, visit Minimally Invasive Surgery Yuma, Arizona.

Hip Labral Tear Surgery in Yuma, Arizona

Rodney D. Henderson, M.D., P.C., is a board certified surgeon specializing in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Henderson provides patients in the Arizona area with the highest quality care and effective treatment options both acute and chronic joint pain. To learn more about labral tears and arthroscopic surgery, schedule an appointment with Dr. Henderson at the Yuma, AZ office.