Also known as: hip dysplasia.
What is acetabular dysplasia?
Acetabular dysplasia is more commonly known as hip dysplasia. It refers to a hip socket that is shallow and doesn’t fully cover the ball of the femur (hip). The result is excessive mobility or stress on the hip joint that can cause pain.
What causes acetabular dysplasia?
In some cases, childhood hip dysplasia can lead to acetabular dysplasia in adolescents and young adults. Other times, acetabular dysplasia may develop as a child grows without having had hip dysplasia as an infant. The disease tends to run in families.
What are the symptoms of acetabular dysplasia?
Pain in the groin or thigh is the main symptom of acetabular dysplasia. It typically occurs with prolonged walking or running. Snapping of the hip can also occur with acetabular dysplasia.
What are acetabular dysplasia care options?
Physical therapy can help reduce some of the muscle pain associated with acetabular dysplasia. Surgery to reposition hip socket (periacetabular osteotomy) is the primary treatment for acetabular dysplasia in adolescents and young adults.
Reviewed by: Kevin S Horowitz, MD
This page was last updated on: October 14, 2020 12:21 PM
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Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)
DDH is a spectrum of conditions that range from a hip that is slightly shallow to a hip that is not in the hip socket. It occurs in 1 to 4% of newborn children.
A snapping hip occurs when a person feels a snapping sensation in his/her hip with certain movements. It can sometimes be accompanied by a noise and sometimes pain.
Pelvic and Femoral Osteotomies
The acetabulum is the curved part of the pelvis that forms the hip socket and accepts the head of the femur bone. In most cases, these two bones fit together well. If something is causing the femur to pop loose or not rotate well in the socket, then a pelvic and femoral osteotomy may be the procedures needed to fix the problem.
Physical therapy is a form of therapy that helps people rehabilitate through exercises, stretching and orthopedics in order to regain the mobility and function of their bodies.