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Hip Dysplasia in Adults

About Hip Dysplasia

A normal hip has a ball and socket joint with the femoral (ball) head well-seated and stable within the acetabulum (socket). Hip dysplasia includes a group of disorders that have deformities of the joint. Most commonly, hip dysplasia is characterized by a “shallow” socket that does not adequately cover the femoral head. When the femoral head is not completely covered by the acetabulum, the hip is unstable, may become painful and eventually develop osteoarthritis. We can help treat Hip Dysplasia in Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Worksop.

What are the symptoms of hip dysplasia?

Due to inadequate coverage of the femoral head, the weight supported by the hip is distributed over a smaller surface, creating an excessive load along the edge of the hip socket. Over time, this added load can cause joint cartilage to degenerate, resulting in arthritis. Some common symptoms of hip dysplasia include:

  • Pain in the groin or side of the hip
  • Worsening pain with sitting, walking or running
  • A sensation of “catching” or “popping” with activity
  • Increased difficulty with strenuous activities
  • Walking with a limp

What treatments are available?

Hip dysplasia is often corrected by surgery. If hip dysplasia goes untreated, arthritis is likely to develop. Symptomatic hip dysplasia is likely to continue to cause symptoms until the deformity is surgically corrected.

Many patients benefit from a procedure called periacetabular osteotomy or PAO. The medical term “periacetabular” means “around the acetabulum” or “around the hip socket.” The term “osteotomy” refers to any procedure in which bone is cut. Thus, a PAO is a procedure where bone is cut around the hip socket.

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