Hip dysplasia causes problems with the way you walk as well as pain that can further limit your mobility. If you’re living with hip pain or other symptoms like legs of different lengths or reduced mobility and flexibility on one side of your body, make an appointment with Arash A. Dini, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at his self-named practice in Encino and the Mid-Wilshire areas of Los Angeles. He offers expert diagnosis and treatment to resolve your pain and correct the alignment and function of your hips.
Hip dysplasia — also known as developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) — is a condition where a deformity in your hip causes misalignment and dislocation. The deformity can develop in the top of your femur or the socket part of your joint.
In most cases, the deformity is congenital — you were born with it — and is diagnosed soon after birth. However, if hip dysplasia is diagnosed later in life, you can still restore your joint, although treatment may be more invasive than for infant patients.
As a parent, watch your baby for symptoms like uneven folds of skin on their thighs, reduced mobility, and flexibility, or a limping or waddling gait, and if they arise, make an appointment with Dr. Dini for an exam and diagnosis. However, many babies don’t show any outward signs of hip dysplasia, which can lead to delayed diagnosis and treatment.
As an adult, hip dysplasia causes pain and a disrupted gait. One of your legs may be longer than the other, or you may be less flexible on one side of your body.
Dr. Dini diagnoses hip dysplasia with a thorough physical exam and diagnostic imaging tests. During the physical exam, he may maneuver your legs to check for instability or reduced flexibility and range of motion.
He often uses ultrasounds to examine the structure of your hip. This noninvasive procedure uses ultrasound waves to create images of the bones and connective tissues in your hips. Dr. Dini studies these images to look for deformities and signs of dislocation.
When hip dysplasia is diagnosed in infants and toddlers, Dr. Dini can often successfully correct the alignment of the hip joint with braces and splints.
However, if the condition is diagnosed later in life, Dr. Dini may need to perform a surgical procedure to repair and restore your hip joint. You’ll need to wear a brace or other stabilizing device to keep your hips in the correct position while you recover. You’ll need physical therapy to build strength and flexibility after Dr. Dini removes your brace.
If you have hip pain, call or schedule an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment.