What is the outlook for someone who has a hip labral tear?
How well a person heals from a hip labral tear depends on the specific injury and how it is treated:
- Conservative (nonsurgical) therapies: Treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy do not fix the tear itself. They can decrease pain and offer a workable option for some minor tears. Some people will need additional treatment later.
- Surgery: In many cases, hip arthroscopy can relieve pain from a labral tear and return hip function. Many people recover fully from surgery within 4 to 6 months, and can often return to previous athletic pursuits and physical activity.
- Osteoarthritis: Chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis must be managed by a doctor to prevent more severe symptoms.