The Hip Labrum

The hip labrum is a protective ring of cartilage that is found outside the rim of the socket of your hip joint. The labrum’s role is to hold the top of your femur securely within your hip socket. The labrum assists in shock absorption and stability of the hip. Tears can occur from trauma, impingement, or dysplasia. Symptoms usually present as anterior hip pain, “deep” joint pain or pain within the groin. It is also not uncommon for patients to also present with posterior hip pain. Typically patients will also experience a locking or popping sensation and stiffness with limited range of motion.

Image of hip labral tear on Dr. Andrew Wolff's website.