Hip Dysplasia is a common reason for hip pain especially in young female athletes and runners. It starts with the hip snapping and popping which results in more frequent painful episodes. Sometimes the patient can physically dislocate and relocate their hip in front of your own eyes! Unfortunately many doctors misdiagnose it resulting in unnecessary and painful surgeries. Read this patients account of her nightmare
Hip Dysplasia is a congential (you are born with it) anatomical variant. It can not be fixed or corrected through rest, yoga, pilates or any other physical intervention. Hip Dysplasia is a result of shallow hip sockets, loose ligaments and hypermobility. These can be addressed through strengthening and conditioning of the muscles that surround the hip such as the Glutes, Quads and Hamstrings. Effective strengthening should focus on compound exercises (using multiple muscle groups) as opposed to isolation exercises such as leg extension or clamshells. Hip Dysplasia is a progressive condition and will result in early onset Osteoarthritis and joint degeneration if not managed effectively. This will then require hip joint replacement at a very young age. This can be mitigated by proper management of Hip Dysplasia. Replacing impact activities like running with non-impact activity like elliptical or biking. Taking joint formula supplements like Glucosamine and Chondroiten Sulfate may be helpful. There is some indication that high doses of Vitamin C may be effective. It is thought that taking 18 mg per lb. of body weight can saturate your tissue and help build better and stronger connective tissue. Wearing compression shorts (not cheap ones…that would be a waste) to provide external support and stability. Focusing on compound exercises that might help provide more joint stability.