Hip Labral Tear Specialist in New Jersey

Are you suffering from a labral hip tear? Learn more about what causes a hip labral tear and how to get the help you need when dealing with this injury. The professionals at New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute are here to ensure you can safely get back to your normal daily activities as fast as possible.

What is a Labral Tear?

The labrum is a ring of cartilage that cushions and seals the hip joint. The labrum is responsible for keeping the upper thigh and femur securely in place within the hip socket.  Certain sports activities and abnormalities we are born with can cause a tear in the labrum. This tear weakens the cushioning and ease of smooth movement within the hip joint, causing pain and stiffness.

Causes of Hip Labral Tear

There are multiple reasons a hip labral tear can occur. The most common cause of a labral tear in the hip is overuse of the joint, leading it to wear down and tear over time. This includes high impact sports, long distance running, and repetitive deep squatting activities. A labral hip tear may be accelerated in some people with abnormalities in their hip joint. This is called hip impingement and involves an extra bone protuberance on the ball of the hip or an extra overhang of bone on the socket side of the hip.  Injury to the hip joint, perhaps caused by a car accident or sports trauma, also may cause a hip labral tear.

Symptoms of a Hip Labral Tear

For non-traumatic degenerative tears, symptoms may eventually occur, at which time it is important to see a medical professional to determine pain relief options to keep the tear from progressing. These symptoms can include stiffness and pain in the hips, especially when walking, after sitting for a prolonged period, playing sports, or bringing the hip into deep flexion such as a squatting position.  Painful clicking, catching, and giving way of the hip joint is another symptom. Some people may not experience any symptoms when they are diagnosed with a non-traumatic labral tear and for these patients, we recommend avoiding certain movements that may make the tear worse over time and cross training (swimming and cycling) when possible, to take less pressure off the hip joint.

Treatments for Hip Labral Tear

Your doctor can diagnose a hip labral tear through physical exam tests and imaging.  Standing x-rays are the most important image when dealing with hip joints.  An MRI with contrast dye called an arthrogram is also important when diagnosing a hip labral tear. After confirmation of the tear, the common treatment options are to begin a short course of anti-inflammatory medication to reduce inflammation in the hip joint as well as physical therapy to build strength of the hip muscles and core abdomen muscles which surround the hip joint.  A cortisone injection may also be an option to reduce inflammation in the hip joint.  In high level athletes, or in cases where the labral tear is large and causing severe pain and symptoms in which conservative treatment did not work, the doctor may recommend surgery to repair the labral tear. Ignoring a severe labral tear in the hip could lead to osteoarthritis of the joint later in life and result in the need for a hip replacement.

Contact NJOI Today

Are you experiencing pain in your hip? This common ailment does not have to impact your everyday life. At NJOI, our orthopedists are skilled in identifying labral tears of the hip and working to help relieve pain. Dr. Anthony Scillia is also the director of hip arthroscopy and joint preservation for the Seton Hall Medical School.  Contact us today to make your appointment

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Meet The Team

Vincent K. McInerney, M.D.


Founding member, Vincent K. McInerney, M.D., graduated from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in 1977 with honors as one of the top medical students in his class.

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Anthony Festa, M.D.


Dr. Anthony Festa is an orthopaedic surgeon in his seventh year of practice at the New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute.

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Anthony J. Scillia, M.D.


Anthony J. Scillia M.D. is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty certification in sports medicine.

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Robert M. Palacios, M.D.


Dr. Robert Palacios is board-certified and fellowship trained, and has been specializing in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine for over two decades.

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Craig Wright, M.D.


Craig Wright, MD joins New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute by way of Totowa, NJ where he was born and raised.

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John Callaghan, M.D.


John Callaghan, M.D. is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic trauma specialist. His expertise encompasses the treatment of acute traumatic injuries.

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Other Locations

Wayne Office

504 Valley Rd. Ste 200 Wayne, NJ 07470

Butler Office

45 Carey Ave. Butler, NJ 07405

Morristown Office

111 Madison Ave. Ste 400 Morristown, NJ 07962

Bridgewater Office

720 Rte. 202-206 Bridgewater, NJ 08807

West-Milford Office

1900 Union Valley Rd Hewitt, NJ 07421