To understand hip dysplasia, it is important to understand the anatomy of the hip. The hip joint fits together like a ball and socket. In a normal hip, the ball at the top of the femur fits into the curved part of the pelvis. However, in adolescents with hip dysplasia, the hip joint may not have developed normally.
Most often, the pelvis is shallow and does not support the head of the femur. It can result in pain and sometimes the early development of arthritis as the cartilage in the joint wears away, and bone grinds upon bone.
It is usually present at birth and early childhood, known as developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH). Sometimes the condition remains undetected until adolescence.
In severe cases, orthopedic specialists may recommend surgery. Raleigh Orthopaedic Surgery Center is experienced in the procedure so your child can find relief from pain and limit further damage caused by DDH.
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