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Has anyone ever come across a labral tear in their hip? I have one from falling off my bike and wanted to see how long it takes to recover. Does it heal on it's own? What sort of results has one had? Is surgery always required? I hear different things from different doctors and wanted someone elses opinion. Thanks for your help.
I can only offer you what my sports med doc told me.
I have a small labral tear (with a flap). I was experiencing pain in the area of my adductor so she had me do a specific MRI to see if I had a labral tear. I did but after further tests that isolated the labrum, it was ruled out as a source of my pain.
Does it heal on its own? Likely no.
Is surgery always required? Absolutely not.
If it causes you pain then surgery is recommended. The recovery process is fairly long -- around 6 months. However, with no pain you should be able to perform fine with the tear. My doc has a labral tear too and she never had surgery. Hasn't hurt her one bit. So far, my adductor finally healed and my tear hasn't impacted me at all. I don't even know how long it's been there. Maybe for a couple of years. Hard to say.
I'd say if you have no pain then don't worry about it. Again, that's what my doc told me.