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Hip Cartilage Tear
There are two types of hip cartilage. The first type is called articular cartilage which lines the inside of the joint. The second type is called the labrum or labral cartilage which forms a rim that deepens and widens the socket. Tears to the labrum may require a hip arthroscopy to either repair or debride the lesion. A chronic labral tear may eventually lead to articular cartilage damage. This then leads to hip osteoarthritis.
3D generated model of a hip joint showing the labrum and articular cartilage (Image sourced from Primal pictures)
Lleyton Hewitt receiving treatment for his hip injury. (Image sourced from WA Today)