Posted on: 07 November, 2020
Hip dysplasia is a condition that is rooted in the early years of life, but often does not fully impact joint function until adulthood. Also known as developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), it is a congenital defect that impedes normal development of the hip bones, and progressively interferes with joint function and mobility. This condition is thought to be due to an inherently loose hip joint in childhood. If left uncorrected, the hip socket develops an irregular, shallow, and upsloping shape that does not sufficiently cover the femoral head. Eventually, the round head of the femur begins to drift away from the shallow socket and may become completely dislocated. Hip dysplasia that is untreated can cause significant disability for patients including hip pain, labral tears, and progression to hip arthritis at a young age.