Ligamentum Teres Tears

What are ligamentum teres tears?

by Phong Tran ligamentum teres - hip arthroscopy melbourne, australia

The ligamentum teres is a cord like structure that connects the femoral head to the acetabulum.

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint, made up of the top of the thigh bone called the femoral head (the ball) and the part of the pelvis called the acetabulum (the socket). The ligamentum teres sits deep in the joint and helps hold the joint in place.

Tears of the ligamentum teres are commonly found with other problems in the hip such as femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) and labral tears. It is a common condition found in dancers and gymnasts.

It can be difficult to diagnose a ligamentum teres tears, as MRI scan is currenly not accurate enough to reliably diagnose it.

Fortunately, these tears can easily be diagnosed and treated by hip arthroscopy.

15 June, 2013