Hip Dysplasia: Cause of Early Osteoarthritis PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 07 February 2016 02:49
A00710F01Some people develop signs of hip osteosrthritis very early than most, this maybe bacause of untreated injury, infection or a condition called hip dysplasia.
The hip is a "ball-and-socket" joint. In a normal hip, the ball at the upper end of the femur (thighbone) fits firmly into the socket, which is a curved portion of the pelvis called the acetabulum. In hip dysplasia, the hip joint has not developed normally—the acetabulum is too shallow to adequately support and cover the head of the femur. This abnormality can cause a painful hip and the early development of osteoarthritis, a condition in which the articular cartilage in the joint wears away and bone rubs against bone.
 
Adolescent hip dysplasia is usually the end result of developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), a condition that occurs at birth or in early childhood and undetected or are mild enough that they are left untreated. These patients may not show symptoms of hip dysplasia until reaching adolescence.
Once diagnosed, treatment for adolescent hip dysplasia focuses on relieving pain while preserving the patient's natural hip joint for as long as possible. In many cases, especially for those diagnosed with severe osteorthritis. This is achieved through surgery to restore the joint's  normal anatomy and delay or prevent the onset of painful osteoarthritis. 
 
Source: wedmd; AAOS
 

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