HIP DYSPLASIA

HIP DYSPLASIA
AT GUSTAVEL ORTHOPEDICS

Your hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint that lets you kick a ball while playing soccer, walk around, and keep up with your daily activities. If the ball stays securely in the socket, your legs can move freely without pain or discomfort. However, if you or your child is experiencing pain from a loose or easily dislocated hip joint, hip dysplasia may be the issue. Hip dysplasia is a condition where the hip joint is dislocated easily, unstable, or loose. This condition is usually caused by a hip socket that is too shallow for the thigh bone ball. Gustavel Orthopedics can help resolve hip dysplasia so you can get back to your daily activities without pain or discomfort.

What is Hip Dysplasia?

Your hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint that lets you kick a ball while playing soccer, walk around, and keep up with your daily activities. If the ball stays securely in the socket, your legs can move freely without pain or discomfort. However, if you or your child is experiencing pain from a loose or easily dislocated hip joint, hip dysplasia may be the issue. Hip dysplasia is a condition where the hip joint is dislocated easily, unstable, or loose. This condition is usually caused by a hip socket that is too shallow for the thigh bone ball. Gustavel Orthopedics can help resolve hip dysplasia so you can get back to your daily activities without pain or discomfort.

Symptoms of Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is most commonly found in babies. A healthcare provider may have noticed that a baby has one leg longer than the other or a very inflexible hip.

In kids and adults, hip dysplasia often presents as groin or hip pain during physical activity. Common hip dysplasia symptoms are:

  • Hip pain brought on by physical activity
  • Limping (usually due to pain)
  • Clicking or popping sound or sensation from the hip joint
  • Unexplained and worsening hip pain

Many of these symptoms can be caused by hip disorders other than hip dysplasia, so it is essential to discuss your symptoms with a doctor specializing in hip conditions.

Hip Dysplasia Diagnosis & Treatment Gustavel Orthopedics Boise

How is Hip Dysplasia Diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask you what you are doing when you feel symptoms and where your discomfort is located. If you have pain in the groin and hip after physical activity, your healthcare provider might conduct a physical examination to check your hip joint's motility. Your doctor might order other tests such as an X-ray or MRI to explore the severity of your condition.

What Are the Treatment Options for Hip Dysplasia?

Treatment for hip dysplasia depends on the age of the patient and the severity of the condition. Orthopedic doctors can usually treat hip dysplasia in babies early by putting a soft brace around the hip joint to prevent the condition from worsening.

Surgery is usually required in kids and adults. In many cases, significantly milder cases, or in younger kids, only minimally invasive surgery called arthroscopic surgery is needed. Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical option where the experienced surgeon guides tiny cameras and instruments through small incisions to examine and correct hip dysplasia. Since this type of surgery is minimally invasive, patients can usually go home the same day and recover within only a few weeks. You can take a look here at what the recovery for arthroscopic hip surgery would be like.

More severe cases may require a more invasive surgery called a periacetabular osteotomy. Your healthcare provider will work closely with you to determine the best treatment option.

Hip Dysplasia Diagnosis & Treatment Gustavel Orthopedics Boise

Gustavel Orthopedics in Boise, Idaho Can Treat Hip Dysplasia

Dr. Michael Gustavel is Idaho's premier Board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon since 2002. Dr. Gustavel will work with you or your child suffering from hip dysplasia to find the least invasive treatment option. He specializes in arthroscopic surgery because he prioritizes minimally invasive treatment. He wants the best for all his patients, giving them efficient, quality care. Please contact Gustavel Orthopedics to schedule a consultation regarding hip dysplasia.

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