(This blog was originally written by Dr. Tierney when she was a student on rotation at Sports PT in Rochester, NY in November 2014. The Blog appears on their website at http://www.sptny.com/blog/?p=2202.)
Unless a traumatic injury occurs (like a dislocated hip and a concurrent tear after a car accident or a fall), hip acetabular labral tears often get misdiagnosed or go undetected. This is because non-diagnostic testing for labral tears coincides with more common problems like tendonitis.
The “hip labrum” is the cartilage that surrounds the socket of the ball and socket joint in the hip. It helps to provide greater stability by forming a ring around the edge of the socket. It is frequently torn, and here are some signs that you may have an acetabular labral tear: