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Hip dysplasia happens when the hip socket does not cover the ball (femoral head) of the upper thigh bone (femur) properly, leading to a partial or complete dislocation of the hips. In 9 out of 10 cases, hip dysplasia is an inborn condition and it’s more common than anyone thinks.

According to the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, 5-10% of cases requiring hip replacement among the elderly in the U.S. are due to hip dysplasia that developed in their early years. Some of these adults don’t actually know that their hips and thigh bones had problems until it started causing pain.

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