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What Triggers Hip Labral Tears?

What Triggers Hip Labral Tears?

Hip labral tear is a common hip injury that affects athletes, dancers, and active individuals. The condition occurs when the soft tissue surrounding the hip joint known as the labrum tears. The labrum serves as a cushion between the ball of the femur and the socket of the hip joint. When it tears, it can result in pain, stiffness, and limited mobility.

In this blog post, we will explore what triggers hip labral tear and how you can prevent it with physiotherapy or chiropractic care. We will look at some common causes of hip labral tear and discuss how you can reduce your risk of developing this condition.

Repetitive Movements

One of the leading causes of hip labral tear is repetitive movements that put stress on the hip joint. Athletes who participate in sports like soccer, football, hockey or dance are at higher risk for this injury due to their constant twisting and turning motions. Repetitive movements can cause wear and tear on the labrum leading to tearing over time. To prevent this type of injury from occurring, you should incorporate strength training exercises into your routine. This will help strengthen your muscles around your hips while improving your balance and stability.

Hip Impingement

Hip impingement is another common trigger for hip labral tears. It occurs when there is extra bone growth around the femur’s head or socket causing friction between them during movement resulting in damage to the cartilage lining around them (labrum). If you have experienced any discomfort in your hips during physical activity or have noticed a decrease in range of motion, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional such as a physiotherapist or chiropractor as soon as possible to diagnose any potential issues before they escalate into larger problems like bone spurs.


Hip labral tear can also occur due to trauma, such as a fall or an accident. The sudden force of impact can cause the labrum to tear. This is why athletes who play contact sports like football, hockey or basketball are at increased risk for this type of injury. While trauma cannot always be avoided, you can reduce your risk by using proper protective gear during physical activities.

Poor Posture

Poor posture while sitting, standing, or walking can put undue stress on your hip joint and lead to hip labral tear over time. If you have a desk job that requires long hours of sitting – ensure you have an ergonomic chair that supports your lower back and promotes good posture. When walking or standing, make sure your feet are shoulder-width apart, and your knees are slightly bent.


Lastly, genetics can play a role in developing hip labral tears – particularly in those with structural abnormalities such as misalignment between the femur head and socket (known as dysplasia). It’s important to know if any members of your family have had issues with their hips to prepare yourself for potential issues that could arise later in life.

Hip labral tear is a painful condition that can limit mobility and hinder one’s quality of life. Prevention is key when it comes to avoiding this injury altogether. By incorporating strength training exercises into your routine, wearing proper protective gear during physical activities, and maintaining good posture both walking and sitting down at work; you can reduce your risk for developing hip labral tears significantly.

If you’ve already experienced pain or discomfort in your hips from repetitive movements or trauma-related events – don’t wait! Consult with healthcare professionals such as physiotherapists or chiropractors who specialize in treating these types of injuries promptly before they become more serious problems requiring surgery. Remember: prevention is always better than cure!

If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Nitin Nair, BPT, R/TRO DIP, PT, or another Kitchener physiotherapist at CARESPACE. We are happy to listen and are here to help!

Nitin Nair, BPT, R/TRO DIP, PT

Nitin Nair, BPT, R/TRO DIP, PT

Nitin is an internationally trained physiotherapist and has been practicing in Canada since 2015. After graduating in 2009, Nitin started as a physiotherapist in a cardiothoracic and vascular surgery team under the guidance of an eminent cardiac surgeon. His interest and passion in the field of sports and musculoskeletal rehabilitation made him switch from acute care to a musculoskeletal rehabilitation setting. Nitin blends various hands-on physiotherapy techniques with therapeutic exercises to achieve his client’s goals. He is certified in the McKenzie method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT): Lumbar spine, Mulligan concepts and personalized blood flow restriction rehabilitation (PBFR). His clients vary from weekend warriors to elite athletes. He is a huge advocate of the ‘Looking beyond the pain’ model to provide clients with the best care possible. Exercises and activity modification are always important components of his treatment plans to empower clients to reach their health goals.

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