Article by James W. Larson, III, M.D.


The labrum is a soft ring of cartilage that circles around the hip socket. It’s purpose is to make the hip more stable. It can be torn either in a single accident where the hip is twisted forcefully, or by repetitive damage due to a syndrome known as femoral-acetabular impingement. This is frequently a problem for runners and other athletes, and often causes significant pain deep in the front of the hip.

If the tear doesn’t respond to non-operative treatments, I can perform an arthroscopic repair of the tear to relieve the pain. This is an outpatient surgery done through two small “poke hole” incisions. I find this to be a very effective way of returning athletes to their activities, and have helped many patients with this type of injury.