Acetabular Labral Tears of the Hip: Examination and Diagnostic Challenges

This article discusses structural failure in the acetabular labrum. It has a good review of the symptoms and clinical, single joint examination of the hip and labrum. The better understanding of the hip examination will help cinicians offer more optimal treatment of this region.

Acetabular Labral Tears of the Hip: Examination and Diagnostic Challenges

Martin, Robroy, 2006

Clinical commentary:

To provide an evidence-based review of the examination process and diagnostic challenges associated with acetabular labral tears of the hip. These increasinlgy common partholgies incuding labral tears have recently received wider recognition as a source of symptoms and functional limitation are discussed. The author states that Physical therapists should understand the anatomical structures of the hip and recognize how the clinical presentation of labral tears is difficult to view isolated from other hip articular pathologies. The recommendation is that if a labral tear is suspected, further diagnostic testing may be indicated.

  • J Orthop Sports Phys Ther • Volume 36 • Number 7 • July 2006