Most Common Signs of Hip Dysplasia

Your hip is a complex structure, with muscles, ligaments, tendons, and the joint itself providing you with impressive mobility. Dr. Arash Dini specializes in treating conditions that affect your joints, including hip dysplasia

The problem

Your hip is what is often called a ball-and-socket joint. The ball is the end of your femur, which is your thigh bone. The ball sits in a depression in your pelvis called the acetabulum. If you have hip dysplasia, your acetabulum is too shallow or not shaped properly to hold the ball of your femur. 

There are several potential problems when you have hip dysplasia. Your hip may frequently or easily become dislocated. The joint may wear out more quickly than it would if it were normally shaped, and the cartilage that protects the joint may become damaged and lead to arthritis. 

In short, the problem with hip dysplasia is that you’re in pain and your mobility is limited. 

Hip dysplasia and age

Most people who have hip dysplasia are born with it, and babies are routinely screened for the condition. Sometimes, the deformity is minor and you don’t know you have it until you’re a teenager or young adult. Adults may not know they have hip dysplasia until they begin to experience pain because there’s damage to the soft tissues around the joint. 

Symptoms of hip dysplasia

In babies, the symptoms of hip dysplasia may include one leg being longer than the other, a limp when they begin to walk, or one hip that doesn’t seem to move as much as the other. 

Later in life, you may experience a deep pain in the front of your groin, as well as a limp, muscle aches in the front or on the side of your hip, pain that’s worse when you walk or run as well as pain at night when you’re resting. You may also notice a feeling of catching or popping in your hip. 

Treating hip dysplasia 

To some degree, the most appropriate treatment for your hip dysplasia depends on age. Babies may be treated with specialized devices that help make the structures that hold the ball in the socket of the hip joint stronger, as well as encourage normal formation.  In some cases, Dr. Dini places the joint in the proper place, then the baby wears a special cast while it heals properly. 

In older children, young adults, or adults, the treatment most often involves surgery. Earlier diagnosis allows for more treatment options. The main goal in treating hip dysplasia is preserving the hip for as long as possible. 

If you have a child who has been diagnosed with hip dysplasia, or you’re experiencing unexplained pain in your hip, book an appointment with Dr. Dini. He can evaluate your hip and determine if the problem is dysplasia as well as suggest a treatment plan for you. 

You can easily request an appointment online with Dr. Dini at either of our offices. Or, if you prefer, you can call our Los Angeles office at 323-525-0101, or our Encino office at 818-784-1020, and we’ll be happy to book your appointment.

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