The hip joint not only supports our full weight but enables us to walk in different directions. When an individual has hip dysplasia, the socket does not fully cover the ball part of the femoral bone; over time, this can cause debilitating pain. One of the most common causes of arthritis, hip dysplasia accounts for up to ten percent of all total hip replacements in the United States. If detected early, however, it is possible to preserve the natural joint through modern surgical techniques.
In a healthy individual, the hip joint allows the ball of the femoral head to move freely in the socket. When a person has hip dysplasia, however, the socket becomes too shallow to cover the ball of the thighbone completely, causing the hip joint to wear out faster than normal; not only does this increase the risk of dislocation, but osteoarthritis as well.
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