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Updated 1-27-2020

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Written By: Amanda Lawrence

Hip Dysplasia

"The Not So Rare Monster Under Our Bed"

Hip dysplasia is more missed then it is rare, in-fact is in incredibly common and incredibly underdiagnosed. How common you ask? “About 1 in 100 babies common,” says the international hip dysplasia institute (IHDI).


What is hip dysplasia? I will use the exact words from hip dysplasia.org for those who have no idea what it is.

  • Hip Dysplasia

  • Developmental Dislocation of the Hip (DDH)

  • Hip Dislocation

  • Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)

  • Acetabular Dysplasia

  • Congenital Dislocation of the Hip (CDH)

The term Congenital Dislocation of the Hip (CDH) tends to refer to a defect where something is missing or added to normal tissues. In the case of DDH, the infant/child’s joint is otherwise normal except for the instability.”

“What is Hip Dysplasia?

Hip Dysplasia is often referred to as Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip or DDH and is generally the preferred term for babies and children with hip dysplasia since this condition can develop after birth. DDH is a medical term for general instability, or looseness, of the hip joint. Doctors use a number of different terms for hip dysplasia depending on severity and time of occurrence. These names include:

Now that we know how it can affect us, we can identify what causes the issues to flare, & prevent these issues. We also may need to prepare ourselves for surgery. This next area will be information you can find in a book called “a guide for adults with Hip Dysplasia' by Dr. Sophie West and Denise Sutherland. It will also have some things I added from my own experience with hip dysplasia.

​So to put it in a way everyone can understand it is a condition that affects your hip joints as they form. It prevents them from developing properly and causes havoc on the hips that are trying to form properly.

Our hips take 3 times our weight and with this in mind know that our hips are the pillars that our body stand on. If something is wrong with one or both then it caused the rest of the body to have issues.  Also, keep in mind that keeping your body strong and the less weight you put on your body the better it is going to be for you. Here is a quick list of only some things that can and will be effected in time without being diagnosed or receiving proper and accurate treatment.


-knee pain/instability

-tissue and ligament damage and deterioration

-cartilage deterioration

-muscle weakness/damage

-Bone death and deterioration



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