Our Approach to Treating

Hip Labral Tears

Doctors at NYU Langone’s Joint Preservation and Arthritis Center specialize in diagnosing and treating injuries to the hip joint and use advanced imaging tests to diagnose a tear to the labrum, a protective ring of tissue lining the edge of the hip joint, where the thigh’s femur bone meets the hip. The labrum forms a tight seal around the hip joint and keeps the joint lubricated, helping to ensure that the joint functions optimally. Symptoms of a hip labral tear include a sharp pain in the hip and groin, a painful clicking or locking sensation in the hip, and decreased range of motion.

Anatomical Model of the Hip

As a result of years of experience and research, our doctors and specialists recognize that hip labral tears are often caused by underlying structural changes in the bones of the hip. Our orthopedic doctors and surgeons have the expertise to identify and correct the structural cause of labral tears and offer new techniques—including injections of stem cells and platelet-rich plasma—to provide effective care. They tailor treatment based on your symptoms and lifestyle to improve hip function, protect the hip joint, and allow you to move more easily and without pain.

Treatment for Hip Labral Tears

NYU Langone doctors offer a variety of nonsurgical treatment options that may relieve pain and improve function of the hip joint. If significant hip pain prevents you from participating in athletics or other activities, our doctors may recommend surgery to repair or reconstruct the labrum, reshape the bones of the hip, or replace the hip entirely.

Our Research and Education in Hip Labral Tears

Learn more about our research and professional education opportunities.