Hip dysplasia is a condition that affects the hip joint of both babies and adults. It occurs when the ball at the top of the thigh bone, or femur, does not fit properly in the hip socket. While it is one of the most common orthopedic problems for newborns, it can also affect adults. Today, we’re going to discuss everything you need to know about this condition!
As mentioned in the introduction, hip dysplasia occurs when the ball-shaped end of the thigh bone (femur) does not fit into the hip socket properly. This can happen for a variety of reasons, such as a shallow hip socket, lax ligaments in the joint, or an abnormality in the shape of the bones, such as a curved femur.
When this happens, it can lead to instability in the joint which can cause wear and tear on the cartilage and lead to pain. Over time, it can also cause damage to other parts of the joint such as the labrum or cartilage which can lead to arthritis and other long-term damage.
The most common symptom of hip dysplasia is pain in the hip joint, especially when bearing weight on the affected leg. Other symptoms can include clicking or popping noises in the joint and difficulty walking. As the condition progresses, it can cause reduced mobility, stiffness in the hip joint, and more pain.
No, hip dysplasia is not more common as you age. It can affect adults of any age, but it is more likely to affect newborns and infants. Sadly, This can often be undiagnosed in adults as the symptoms may not become apparent until later stages.
Hip dysplasia can be diagnosed through physical exams and imaging tests such as X-rays or MRI scans. Your doctor may also order blood tests to check for any underlying conditions that could be causing hip dysplasia, such as an autoimmune disorder. With specialists like VBJS, hip dysplasia can be accurately diagnosed and managed in the best possible way.
Treatment for this will depend on the severity of the condition. In some cases, nonsurgical treatments such as physical therapy and bracing may help relieve pain and improve mobility. In more severe cases, hip arthroscopy or joint replacement surgery may be necessary to restore normal function and alleviate pain.
We know it sounds scary, but don’t worry – a hip arthroscopy is actually a minimally invasive procedure that can be used to diagnose and treat hip dysplasia. During hip arthroscopy, a small camera is inserted into the hip joint to magnify and visualize the joint surfaces and structures. With this technique, surgeons can repair or remove damaged cartilage and other tissues.
If you’re nervous about the procedure, don’t worry – it’s been found to be safe and effective for treating hip dysplasia. During the procedure, you will be given anesthesia to ensure your comfort and reduce any pain.
This is a condition that affects the hip joint and can cause pain and mobility issues. It is more common in newborns but can affect adults as well. Treatment for this will depend on the severity of the condition and can range from physical therapy to joint replacement surgery. If you’re suffering from hip problems, why not book in to see a specialist today?