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Symptoms of a Hip Labral Tear

Educating yourself on the symptoms of hip labral tear may help your doctor to make an early diagnosis.

The questions is what does hip labral tear feel like? Depending on the severity of the injury, symptoms may vary from mild to severe and in many cases, there may be no signs or symptoms. Metaphorically it may act as a secret (silent) agent without the awareness of the individual until the condition  worsens in size or severity.

Occasionally patients may experience one or more of the following typical symptoms:


  • Anterior (front) groin pain (especially during activity or with bending or rotation of the hip)
  • Sharp and deep hip pain (in front of the hip depending on the activity level).
  • Persistent pain even after the periods of rest
  • In some cases diffused pain of the hip down to the knee
  • A catching, locking and snapping sensation in the hip joint ( or feel like the leg is catching or clicking in the socket as you move it with certain activities)
  • Stiffness in the hip joint
  • Limited range of motion in the hip joint or in other words, difficulty in moving the hip joint that limits all recreational activities and participation
  • Feeling of instability where the hip and leg seem to give away

On the other hand many existing symptoms of a hip labral tear are similar to signs and symptoms of a snapping hip syndrome, groin strain, sports hernia or other athletic injuries related with hip joint.  As a result, diagnosing a hip labral tear case may be a very challenging issue.

References:

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3. "Labral Tears." Duke Orthopaedics. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2012. <http://www.dukehealth.org/>.

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