Labral Tear Specialist

Jonathan T. Nassos, M.D. -  - Orthopaedic Surgeon

Jonathan T. Nassos, M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine located in Los Angeles, CA & Sherman Oaks, CA

Pain in the shoulder or hip can lead to a decreased range of motion, stiffness, and loss of strength. It’s important to visit the doctors at Nassos Orthopaedic Surgery in the Beverly Grove area, Los Angeles, California, to diagnose the cause of your shoulder or hip pain and determine the best course of treatment. Schedule an appointment online, or call the practice today to learn about our hip and shoulder treatment options. 

Labral Tear Q & A

What is a labral tear?

Both the shoulder and hip sockets have a labrum, a piece of soft tissue that connects the socket to the ball of the joint. The labrum adds stability to the hip or shoulder, protecting the joint. A labral tear occurs when the soft tissue is damaged or torn from the natural aging process, repetitive movement, or an injury. 

What causes a labral tear?

Athletes are at a higher risk of labral tears. Participating in ice hockey, football, soccer, ballet, and golf can result in a hip labral tear. 

Common causes of hip labral tears include:

  • A structural abnormality of the hip 
  • Trauma or injury causing dislocation of the hip joint
  • Repetitive motion
  • Sudden twisting or pivoting motions

The most common causes of shoulder labral tears include:

  • Wear-and-tear from the repetitive motion of the upper arm 
  • Traumatic injury
  • Falling on an outstretched arm
  • A violent blow while reaching overhead

How do I know if I have a labral tear?

Shoulder labral tears are quite painful. It decreases the range of motion in your shoulder, and you might feel weaker than usual. You may feel like the shoulder is locking or grinding when you move it and increased pain at night is common.

Hip labral tears may have similar symptoms or may not have any symptoms at all!. Some people have pain in the hip or groin or reduced range of motion in the hip joint when they have a hip labral tear.

If you experience pain or weakness in the shoulder or hip, the knowledgeable team at Nassos Orthopaedic Surgery will perform a thorough physical exam, test your range of motion, and order X-rays or MRIs to diagnose the problem.  

How are labral tears treated?

Treatment for labral tears varies depending on the severity of your symptoms. Some people recover from a shoulder or hip labral tear with conservative treatment over the course of several weeks, including over-the-counter medication, rest, and physical therapy. Others may require surgery to remove or repair the torn labrum. The doctors at Nassos Orthopaedic Surgery are experienced in arthroscopic surgery for labral tears, using cameras and tools inserted through tiny incisions in your skin to repair the torn tissue.

If you suspect a labral tear of your shoulder or hip, give the office a call, or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment. Left untreated, shoulder and hip labral tears can lead to osteoarthritis or other physical problems.