Now accepting Telehealth appointments. Schedule a virtual visit.

Hip Dysplasia – Is It Time to See a Hip Specialist?

Sports ortho doctor

What Is Hip Dysplasia?

Hip dysplasia is a condition where the roof of the socket does not fully cover the ball of the joint. Without stability from the ball and socket, the hip joint is more susceptible to injuries including labral tearing, progressive arthritis, or even dislocation.


Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics hip specialist, Dr. Brian Dierckman, MD describes hip dysplasia and one powerful treatment method he uses called a periacetabular osteotomy (PAO).



Hip dysplasia is often found by doctors shortly after birth. According to the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, 1 in 10 infants are born with hip dysplasia.

While this condition is commonly discovered after birth, hip dysplasia may also be found in teenagers and young adults as well. It is also possible to live with hip dysplasia into later adult years without knowing it until you begin suffering pain. If you begin suffering hip pain, your doctor may recommend imaging such as an x-ray or MRI .


Causes of Hip Dysplasia

While it is not confirmed why hip dysplasia happens, it is speculated that it occurs in utero because that is when the hip socket is most shallow. The socket gradually deepens over time, allowing for more stability.

The also specifies that genetics increases the likelihood of developing hip dysplasia.


Hip Dysplasia Treatment

Many infantile cases of hip dysplasia resolve themselves naturally over time. A brace may be recommended to aid natural recovery.

However, if hip dysplasia is discovered later in life, the condition may require surgery. In the video earlier in this article, Dr. Brian Dierckman, MD touches on one surgical procedure used to correct hip dysplasia called a periacetabular osteotomy (PAO).

In a PAO, an orthopedic hip specialist creates an incision in the front of the pelvis. The surgeon then cuts the pelvis and shifts it around to cover the roof (the socket) over the ball. This provides stability in the joint and reduces the risk of progressive damage.

More extreme cases of hip dysplasia may require hip replacement surgery.


Book an Appointment with a Hip Doctor Near You

If you believe you may suffer from hip dysplasia, you should visit a hip dysplasia specialist near you. The orthopedic surgeons at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics treat a wide range of injuries and conditions including hip dysplasia in Nashville, TN and Franklin, TN.



“What Is Hip Dysplasia? - International Hip Dysplasia Institute.” International Hip Dysplasia Institute, 5 Feb. 2021,

Nick Flory

You Might Also Enjoy...

What Is an Orthopedic Surgeon?

Orthopedic surgeons treat conditions in the knee, shoulder, elbow, back, hand, foot, and more. Learn more about orthopedic surgery and how you can find the best doctor near you. Elite has 12 highly skilled orthopedic surgeons in Nashville, TN.

The Back Doctor - What You Should Know

Do you need to see a back doctor in Nashville, TN? Our team of fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons include some of the best spine specialists near you. Learn about symptoms and prevention of back pain and back conditions.

The Hand Doctor - What You Should Know

Do you need to see a hand doctor in Nashville, TN? Our award-winning orthopedic surgeons include some of the best hand specialists near you. Check out this guide to see if you could live a lower pain lifestyle.

Preventing Knee Pain

Many people suffer from knee pain due to varying factors, including arthritis, worn cartilage, or general overuse. This blog speaks on how to prevent knee pain and what you should do if it persists.

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow causes sharp pain, tenderness, and often swelling on the outside of the elbow. Though it is called tennis elbow, this condition can affect anyone whose sport, daily life or occupation involves repetitive motion of the elbow.

How to Prevent Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common conditions in the world. Most people focus on how to relieve it, but not how to prevent it. Learn what may be causing your back pain and how you can prevent low back pain, sciatica pain, herniated discs, and more.