The labrum is a ring of cartilage in the hip joint that helps to secure your hip and offers an extra cushion and protective layer for the hip joint. When torn, this can cause pain in the hip, locking or catching sensation, and functional limitation. Isolated labral tears can occur if you participate in activities that repetitively move the hip through a wide range of motion. You can also see tears in the labrum if degenerative arthritis is present in the hip joint, but in that case the tear is a part of the generalized degeneration process rather than a separate problem.
Traditional care for hip labrum tears includes physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation, pain medications, and surgery. Unfortunately, surgery to remove the labrum tissue has the potential to worsen problems long term. The risk of removing labral tissue from the hip is that by losing that natural cushion, your joint can become less stable long term and has the potential to accelerate the development of arthritis in the hip joint. Furthermore if you already have arthritis in the hip joint, removing your labrum can make the arthritis in the joint worse.
An alternative non surgical option is the patented Regenexx same day stem cell and platelet treatment options. The Regenexx protocol utilizes precise imaging guidance to place your own cells into your labrum and hip joint. Advantages of the Regenexx treatments include:
-Avoiding surgical risks.
-Saving your existing tissue rather than cutting it out.
-Limited down time after treatment.
-For isolated labral tears the Regenexx treatment can help heal your injury.
-For labral tears with osteoarthritis, the Regenexx treatment can provide significant pain relief and functional improvement.