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About your hips

The hip joint is a ball-and-socket type joint where the thigh bone (femur) meets the bones that make up the pelvis, include the ilium, ischium, and pubis. The ball-shaped knob of the thighbone fits into a socket in the hipbone.

In order for the bones to move against each other without pain, a white cartilage about ¼ an inch thick is kept slippery by fluid. The cartilage also serves as a “shock absorber” and changes shape when compressed. The bones are held together by large ligaments, tendons, and muscles surrounding the hip joint, called the joint capsule.

Hip dysplasia means the hip joint is the wrong shape and the hip socket is not in the correct position to completely cover and support the “ball” of the thighbone. This causes abnormal wear on the cartilage, and the damage is exacerbated over time.

When working properly, your hip joint provides a full range of motion in your legs, allowing you to walk, run and crouch, among other physical activities.

The hip joint is built to withstand large amounts of wear and tear over a lifetime of activity, but can be susceptible to sudden and chronic injuries. These injuries can cause severe pain, and proper medical treatment is often necessary for recovery.

Common symptoms of hip dysplasia

Symptoms of adult hip dysplasia include hip pain and a mild limp. Patients suffering from hip dysplasia often have pain in the front, side or back of their hip. Symptoms often increase over time as cartilage breaks down. Patients typically experience mild pain at first that increases in frequency and intensity over time.

Developing a limp, as a result of either the hip pain or due to weak muscles or hip deformity is also a symptom of adult hip dysplasia.

Experiencing these symptoms does not necessarily indicate adult hip dysplasia. To have your hip diagnosed and treated by a renowned hip surgeon, schedule an appointment with Dr. Vigdorchik, one of only 1% of NYC hip surgeons experienced in diagnosing and treating all types of hip conditions.

Commonly treated hip dysplasia conditions

  • Hip dysplasia presents as adult hip dysplasia in adults and Developmental Dislocation (Dysplasia) of the Hip (DDH) in infants.

Hip dysplasia treatment options

Treatments for adult hip dysplasia include operative and non-operative treatments. Treatments include hip preserving surgery such as a periacetabular osteotomy (PAO) surgery, joint replacement surgery (arthroplasty) and non-operative treatments.

A periacetabular osteotomy (PAO) surgery changes the orientation of the hip socket so it is in a better position to cover the ball of the hip joint. PAO surgeries are effective in improving the longevity of the hip joint and reducing hip pain.

Joint replacement surgery, also called arthroplasty, uses artificial parts to replace the damaged hip joint. The two main categories of hip replacement procedures are hip resurfacing and total hip replacements.

Dr. Vigdorchik is a strong believer in prioritizing non-operative treatment, only recommending surgery when most beneficial to the patient. To determine the best treatment option for the patient, Dr. Vigdorchik carefully considers the patient’s condition, medical history, lifestyle, and personal preferences.

Are you experiencing hip dysplasia as a result of a sudden or chronic injury?

Hip surgeon Dr. Vigdorchik is here to help you with your hip dysplasia. With a non-operative priority, state-of-the-art surgical techniques and a track record of positive outcomes both performing and teaching other hip surgeons at the prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery, you can trust Dr. Jonathan Vigdorchik to provide you with an accurate diagnosis and positive outcome for your hip dysplasia.

Schedule an appointment immediately – 212-606-1992

If your hip dysplasia has been caused by a sudden or chronic injury and is accompanied by the symptoms below, please call New York City’s innovative hip surgeon Dr. Vigdorchik and have someone drive you to our office.

  • Hip pain or weakness