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A 39-year-old female asked:

my rheumatologist is 99% sure i have a labrum tear in my hip. waiting for a mri to confirm. if i do what would that entail for me?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Labral tear: It varies. May consider gentle stretching, weight control, activity modification, nsaids, pt, or possible scope. If significant arthritis associated, may be a candidate for eventual hip arthroplasty.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Hip labral tear?: If MRI confirms a tear, arthroscopic surgery may be able to repair the tear without opening the entire joint. This involves hole for camera, hole for instruments, hole for irrigation. Orthopedic surgeon can explain process more fully. Good luck.
Dr. Robert Meislin
sports medicine 36 years experience
Labral tear: Because almost 3/4 of individuals who are asymptomatic have hip labral tears in a recent published study, there is no cause for panic should your MRI return with a positive labral hip tear finding. Would initiate a pt regimen, ensure that there are no other causes for your hip pain such as a hernia, lower back pain; may consider a cortisone injection into the hip joint as well.
Dr. Christopher Dougherty
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
If the study is positive a course of physical therapy is in order. If all else fails, arthroscopy under the right circumstances can help
Feb 17, 2013
Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Hip arthroscopy: If a torn labrum in hip, this can be addressed with arthroscopy.

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