About Hip Labrum Tears

What is it and what are your treatment options?
Anchorage: (907) 562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267
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What is a Hip Labrum Tear?

The hip labrum is a rim of cartilage that surrounds the hip joint socket. The hip labrum is important because it cushions the hip joint and holds the head of the femur (leg bone) in the hip socket, like a seal or gasket. A hip labrum tear is when the hip labrum partially or completely tears.

Common Causes:

  • Twisting, turning, and pivoting sports and physical activities
  • High impact sports like football, hockey, rugby
  • A motor vehicle accident or high fall

Symptoms of a Hip Labrum Tear may include:

  • Hip and/or groin pain
  • Hip clicking, popping, locking with certain movements
  • Stiffness and decreased range of motion

When you arrive for your initial consultation, Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) team of hip specialists will evaluate your areas of concern, discuss your symptoms, and develop a customized and comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This evaluation is a necessary part of diagnosing your condition and providing the best possible care.

When diagnosing of Hip Labrum Tear, the OPA specialist will provide:

  • A medical, injury, and symptom history review
  • A physical examination
  • Multiple view x-rays

Once an official diagnosis is made, a customized treatment plan is prescribed. Treatment plans decrease your symptoms to help you live an active lifestyle.

Common Treatments:

An OPA hip specialist prescribes a customized treatment plan focused on decreasing symptoms and helping you return to your normal activities. Nonsurgical treatment options are used to treat many hip labrum tears:


Oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) decrease inflammation, swelling, and pain

Physical Therapy

To strengthen and stabilize the hip

Surgery may be recommended to treat severe tears and tears that do not respond to an OPA specialist’s nonsurgical treatment plan. During an arthroscopic hip labrum repair, an OPA specialist repairs the torn labrum with surgical suture anchors. Physical therapy after surgery improves your strength and flexibility.

At OPA, our Board-Certified and Fellowship Trained Hip Specialists are experts in diagnosing and treating hip labrum tears.

If you are experiencing symptoms of a labrum tear and would like a treatment solution you should contact OPA to schedule an appointment at any of our convenient locations in Anchorage and Wasilla.

Schedule An Appointment

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK.
Anchorage: (907) 562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267


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Deryk Anderson, DO

Orthopedic Specialist

Tucker Drury, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Adam Ellison, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Robert Hall, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Jeff Moore, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Eli Powell, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Michael Reyes, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Greg Schweiger, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

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