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Adolescent Hip Dysplasia

The Hip Deformity Service of the Orthopaedic Surgery Division at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center treats all patients with hip dysplasia.

Hip dysplasia is a condition whereby there is abnormal development of the hip ball and socket joint. This could occur at birth, or develop later. In the adolescent form of hip dysplasia, hip development is fairly normal until adolescence. At this time the socket becomes deficient and does not fully keep the ball of the femoral head in place. Pain with activity is the usual presenting symptom.

Occasionally, patients complain of catching or locking. X-rays often reveal the abnormal development of the socket side leading to abnormal mobility and stability of the hip. Special views and even three-dimensional imaging are often necessary.

Surgical reconstruction is often recommended to prevent or delay early degenerative arthritis of the hip.

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Last Updated: 09/2012