The hip joint is a ball-and-socket structure. The hip labrum is the lip around the socket that the ball of the femur fits into to form the hip joint. It helps stabilize the joint, and it can be traumatically torn, or more commonly, it develops tears over time due to aging.
Surgeons like to go in and surgically reshape all of this, cut off the bone spurs, and cut out or rebuild the torn pieces of the labrum, while in interventional orthopedics our focus is on nonsurgically treating not just the hip but the whole musculoskeletal system.
While there are many problems that can occur in the hips, this report will focus on the differences in the surgical and interventional orthopedics approaches to hip labrum tears.