Hip Labral Tear
The initial treatment of labral tears is usually with rest, anti-inflammatories and physical therapy, as many labral tears become asymptomatic over time. Physical therapy is quite beneficial in many patients to improve hip range of motion, strengthen "Core" muscles, and decrease pain associated with a labral tear. Anti-inflammatory medicines are also very helpful in decreasing the inflammation and pain associated with a labral tear.
In patients that continue to have pain despite physical therapy, arthroscopic surgery can be beneficial in treating the labral tear. Hip arthroscopy utilizes small incisions and specialized instruments to remove the damaged part of the labrum. Patients who undergo hip arthroscopy are usually on crutches for between two and six weeks depending on the exact surgical procedure. Physical therapy is a key part of the recovery and is used to regain strength and motion about the hip.
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