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physiotherapy for acetabular labrum /hip labral tear

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what is an acetabular labrum/hip labral tear?

The acetabular labrum is a ring of fibrous cartilage that surrounds the acetabulum of the hip. Any damage to its tissues and cartilage is known as hip labral tear or acetabular labral tear. These labral injuries can occur due to various reasons such as an accident or an effect of repetitive stress on the hip joint. 

Hip labral tear may also happen due to the following reasons: 

  • Body abnormalities
  • Weak hip muscles
  • An unstable hip joint 
  • Activities that require long-distance running and repetitive twisting of the body
  • Improper technique during repetitive activities

A hip labral tear can cause pain in the hip and groin but in some cases, there are no symptoms. Once torn, the labral tear does not get healed on its own. You will require proper diagnosis and treatment to avoid further complications.

types of hips labral tear

Depending on their location, hips labral tears are classified into two types:

  • Anterior Labral Tear: This type of hip labral tear is quite common and is located in the front of the hip. It usually occurs due to stress on the hip joint due to repetitive activity.
  • Posterior Labral Tear: Located at the back of the hip, it usually occurs due to activities that put stress on the back of the hip joint. 

how is it diagnosed?

Since it is difficult to diagnose hip labral tear, you may have to undergo one or more tests for an accurate diagnosis. Here are some of the tests you can expect:

  • Physical Examination: Your doctor will conduct a physical examination to check symptoms such as instability and pain to see if there is any damage done to the hip. He or she may ask you to move your legs or walk a bit to see if you feel any discomfort. 
  • MRI: This test is done to visualize the internal injuries and check if you have a tear or not. 
  • X-Ray: In case you have had a traumatic event or injury recently, the doctors will suggest X-Ray. This test can also diagnose problems with the hip bones, such as femoroacetabular impingement, or osteoarthritis that can cause labral tear.

Depending on the diagnosis and type of labral tear, the doctors will chart out a treatment plan. The treatment usually involves medication and physiotherapy. In rare cases, surgery can also be recommended. 

how can physiotherapy help?

If you are diagnosed with a torn labrum, you can consult a physiotherapist to treat the damaged tissues. Below are some ways physiotherapy can help you: 

  • Alleviate pain by using therapies such as applying ice. 
  • Manual therapy is done to gently move your muscles and joints to improve motion and strength. 
  • Self-stretching techniques to ensure you do not end up hurting yourself more.
  • Teaching you about physical exercises that can strengthen your muscles and ensures proper posture. 
  • Based on your assessment and improvement, physiotherapy helps in teaching controlled movements to avoid any further injury in the future. 

To know more about how physiotherapy can treat your labral tear, consult a physiotherapist who is qualified and experienced. 

role of a physiotherapist

A physiotherapist plays a vital role in treating and healing your labral tear. Unlike the common notion that physiotherapists only inform you about exercises, there are various other responsibilities that a physiotherapist has to fulfill. Some of the common ones are as follows: 

  • Physiotherapists offer proper diagnosis of injuries before providing treatment. 
  • Physiotherapist understands the labral pathology and prepares an effective treatment plan.  
  • A good physitherapist ask you questions about your health and suggest therapies you are comfortable with.
  • A physiotherapist also prepares a number of exercises that not only treat you but strengthen your muscles.
  • A physiotherapist also educates and offers awareness about proper body postures and movements to improve your lifestyle.
  • A physiotherapist also informs you about the precautions you should take to avoid further damage to your injury. 

A good physiotherapist can provide you life-long lessons about healthy body movements. Thus, always consult one who is highly qualified and experienced to get proper care and treatment. 

how can portea help?

Finding a physiotherapist may not sound like a difficult job but when it comes to choosing the best one, you may get confused about how to decide one. To put an end to this, Portea offers you the list of best physiotherapists. 

Depending on factors such as experience, specialty, availability, and price, you can opt for one. Other ways Portea can be of great help are as follows: 

  • We, at Portea, have advanced equipment to diagnose your labral tear. 
  • Understanding the value of time, we offer consultation that suits your schedule. 
  • You can also book a home visit by the physiotherapists to get treatment from the comfort of your home. 
  • Our physiotherapists are not just well experienced and qualified but also empathetic to patients. They will offer customized treatment depending on your choice. 


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