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Acetabular Dysplasia


Sometimes the acetabulum, or cup-shaped part of the pelvis that forms the hip socket develops abnormally. The result is a dish-shaped acetabulum, a condition known as acetabular dysplasia. Keep reading to learn more about who’s at risk and how it’s treated.

Causes & Triggers

  • Cartilage breakdown
  • Fatigue fracture (especially caused by overload)
  • Genetics/heredity

Signs & Symptoms

  • Grating
  • Grinding
  • Limited mobility
  • Pain

Tips & Treatment

  • Typically develops in childhood or adolescence.
  • Symptoms usually appear around the age of 30.
  • Patients may have been treated for hip problems in infancy or childhood.
  • Females are more likely to have this condition than males.
  • Surgery may be required to re-form the cup.
  • Seek the medical opinion of a well-qualified orthopedic specialist about treatment options.

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