Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia NYC

Hip dysplasia is a condition where the hip socket doesn't fully cover the ball portion of the upper thigh bone. This mismatch can lead to pain, arthritis, and mobility issues, making everyday activities difficult.

Dr. Alexander McLawhorn is a renowned orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hip procedures. With his profound expertise, Dr. McLawhorn is dedicated to offering patients with hip dysplasia a route back to comfort and mobility, customizing treatments to meet the unique needs of each individual.

Symptoms of Hip Dysplasia

Recognizing the signs of hip dysplasia is the first step toward recovery. Symptoms can vary widely among individuals but often include:

  • Persistent or intermittent pain in your hip, groin, or thigh
  • A sensation of instability or 'giving way' in your hip joint
  • Limited range of motion, difficulty walking, or a limp
  • A clicking or popping sound while moving

Unfortunately, these symptoms can disrupt your daily life, making early diagnosis and treatment vital. Healthcare professionals should check hip health during well-baby visits.

In infants, hip dysplasia can present as reduced flexibility in one leg during diaper changes. One leg may also be longer than the other. As your child begins to walk, you might notice a limp.

Causes of Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia can stem from a variety of factors, including:

  • Genetic predisposition: A family history of hip dysplasia increases your risk for this condition. Hip dysplasia is also more common in females.
  • Developmental conditions: Abnormalities in hip development during infancy or childhood.
  • Stress or pressure: Circumstances that put undue stress on the hip joints, such as lack of space in the womb and tight, straight-leg swaddling can be risk factors for hip dysplasia.

Hip dysplasia begins early in life for most people affected by this condition, although symptoms may not appear until later.  Understanding these causes is essential for effective treatment and prevention strategies.

Treatments for Hip Dysplasia

Dr. McLawhorn offers a comprehensive range of treatments for hip dysplasia, such as:

  • Conservative therapies: Physical therapy, weight management, and pain relief medications are often the first line of defense. Harnesses and casts may be appropriate for infants.
  • Minimally invasive procedures: Dr. McLawhorn utilizes advanced arthroscopic techniques to correct joint abnormalities with minimal downtime for suitable cases.
  • Surgical solutions: In more severe cases, osteotomy (restructuring the hip bones) or total hip replacement may be recommended to restore function and alleviate pain.

Dr. McLawhorn’s approach is grounded in a thorough diagnostic process, ensuring that each treatment plan is as unique as the patients he serves.

Why You Should Choose Dr. McLawhorn for Treating Hip Dysplasia

Dr. McLawhorn takes a knowledgeable, compassionate approach to care. Thanks to his expertise in joint procedures, he understands the complexities of hip dysplasia to achieve positive outcomes for his patients. With a focus on minimally invasive techniques and the latest surgical advancements, Dr. McLawhorn aims to reduce recovery times and improve outcomes. His patient-centered philosophy ensures that you are supported every step of the way, from initial consultation to full recovery, making him a preferred choice for those seeking to overcome hip dysplasia in New York City, NY and Stamford, CT.

Schedule a Consultation

Ignoring hip dysplasia can lead to chronic discomfort and limited mobility. If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of hip dysplasia, don’t wait for the condition to become unbearable. Call 212-606-1065 (NY) or 203-705-2113 (CT) to schedule a consultation with Dr. McLawhorn.

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