How is a hip labral tear diagnosed?
To diagnose a hip labral tear, the doctor will do a physical examination. During the exam, the doctor may ask you to move your leg or walk around. How well you can move, and any pain you feel while moving, can help the doctor with the diagnosis.
Imaging tests can also help doctors diagnose a hip labral tear. The doctor may order the following imaging tests:
- X-rays: X-rays can alert doctors to problems with the hip bones, such as femoroacetabular impingement, or osteoarthritis, that may contribute to a labral tear and a painful hip.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): This test shows more details in soft tissues. An MRI can show where a labral tear is, and how severe it is.