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Center for Hip Preservation

Hip Dysplasia - Hip Conditions

Hip dysplasia is a congenital condition of the hip joint socket, or acetabulum, where the cavity in the pelvic bone that forms the hip socket has limited coverage of the head of the femur (the round ball that fits inside socket). To compensate for this loss of coverage, the body forms more soft labrum tissue, the fibrous cartilage that rings the acetabulum. As a result, the labrum becomes overloaded and predisposed to tearing. Learn more about hip dysplasia.

Types of Hip Dysplasia

  • Anterior acetabular dysplasia refers to the anterior wall of the acetabulum where there is under coverage of the front of the femoral head.
  • Lateral acetabular dysplasia refers to under coverage of the lateral femoral head, the area on the side of the hip. Similar to anterior dysplasia, the labrum becomes overloaded, which results in a tear.