Clinical Professor and
Director of Hip Arthroscopy

Adult Hip Dysplasia

Adult Hip Dysplasia means that the hip socket is unusually shallow, the femur is not formed correctly, or the joint’s structure is not correct in some other way. The malformation of the hip results in stress on the joint and more wear-and-tear than normal.

What causes Hip Dysplasia in Adults?

The causes of adult hip dysplasia isn’t all that clear and there could be multiple reasons for the  That being said, dysplasia in the hip can be caused by many factors including:

  • Hip socket is unusually shallow
  • The femur is malformed
  • Joint’s structure is deformed in some other way
  • Adult had undiagnosed hip issues as an infant

Hip dysplasia for women is the leading cause of osteoarthritis of the hip and accounts for 5 – 10% of hip replacements in the USA .

In almost all of these cases, the result is stress on the joint and more wear-and-tear than normal. Without intervention, more pain and deterioration of the joint will continue, which could eventually need replacement.

Symptoms of Dysplasia of the Hip

Symptoms hip dysplasia include:

  • Pain or instability in the hip or groin
  • Limp due to pain in the hip or groin

Pain or instability in the hip or groin are often initial symptoms of adult hip dysplasia. Another symptom of dysplasia of the hip is a mild limp due to pain in the area.

Adult Hip Dysplasia Treatment

While Dr. Bharam always takes a non-surgical approach whenever possible, hip dysplasia often requires arthroscopic surgery, and sometimes open surgery, because the joint itself is abnormal.

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Dr. Srino Bharam

Dr. Srino Bharam
Board Certified orthopaedic surgeon, specializing in hip arthroscopy and hip preservation surgery.

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