Hip dysplasia is a hip condition where the femur does not fit into the pelvis as it should. This condition may damage the surrounding cartilage and tissue that cushions bones in the joint as well as cause other complications such as joint instability and dislocation. Many people who suffer from hip dysplasia are born with this condition but may not experience symptoms until adulthood.
Treatments for hip dysplasia are initially conservative. This may include lifestyle changes such as avoiding activities that cause pain in the hip joint, taking anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain and improve function, and injections and physical therapy to strengthen muscles around the hip. If these methods do not relieve discomfort, surgical treatment may be considered. With the highly experienced medical team at NJ Spine & Orthopedic, we can assess your condition and determine whether a minimally invasive procedure is right for you.
What Is Hip Dysplasia?
A person with hip dysplasia may suffer from the following symptoms:
- Pain in the groin that increases with activity
Unequal leg lengths
- A catching, snapping, or popping sensation
- Loss of range of motion
- Difficulty sleeping on the hip
To diagnose hip dysplasia, a physician will perform a physical examination within the first few days of a baby’s life and again in two months. However, signs of hip dysplasia may not appear until a child is older. X-rays, CT scans, or other imaging tests can confirm a diagnosis in children six months or older.
Seeing the hip joint can help identify the abnormality and look for signs of damage. However, physicians and parents may miss early signs of hip dysplasia, resulting in premature joint degeneration, hip osteoarthritis, pain, and even dislocation in adulthood.
Possible Treatments for Hip Dysplasia
Treatments for hip dysplasia can range from conservative to minimally invasive, as they may involve pain management or protecting the hip from further damage. At NJ Spine & Orthopedic, we tailor your treatment plan to fit your unique condition. We offer the following treatment options:
- Physical therapy: To increase flexibility and mobility, physical therapy may be an ideal conservative treatment method to help strengthen the hip joint.
- Arthroscopy: In cases where the hip socket is too shallow, a surgeon may cut around the hip socket and then line up the leg bone to create a better fit, resulting in less stress on the labrum.
- Hip preservation surgery: This procedure aims to address abnormally shaped femur heads and inadequately shaped sockets, involving removing and shaping parts of the bone to create a more adjusted and stable hip joint.
- Hip replacement surgery: In extreme cases of hip dysplasia, a total hip replacement may remove damaged tissue and bone in the socket joint. Your surgeon will then replace these structures with an artificial joint.
Our board-certified surgeons at NJ Spine & Orthopedic are skilled in state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques to deliver lasting solutions for patients suffering from hip dysplasia.
Contact NJ Spine & Orthopedic and Find Hip Dysplasia Relief Today
If you are suffering from symptoms of hip dysplasia, the award-winning medical team at NJ Spine & Orthopedic is committed to helping you achieve a pain-free life utilizing conservative or minimally invasive surgical techniques. We use video-assisted technology to optimize the effectiveness of your procedure while minimizing postoperative pain.
Schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified surgeons for an overview of your best treatment options by calling (866) 553-0612 or filling out our contact form.