Congenital Hip Dysplasia (CHD) is a condition where the the ball-and-socket joint of the hip is either dislocated or misaligned. It’s estimated that nearly 1.5 in 1,000 are born with this condition, making it an all-too-common congenital defect, but treatment options are available for those suffering from CHD. Here, we’re going to take a closer look at this condition and reveal how the services of a professional chiropractor can alleviate the pain causes by CHD.
For a better understanding of CHD, you must look at the mechanics behind the hip joint. At the top of the thigh is a round bone known at the femoral, which rests in the pelvis socket known as the acetabulum. When everything is working smoothly, the femoral slides back and forth in the acetabulum with ease. However, those suffering from CHD will likely experience the femoral popping out of the acetabulum on occasion.
CHD can present a broad range of symptoms depending on the severity of the condition. It’s not uncommon for individuals suffering from CHD to experience limited mobility in the dislocated side of their hip. Rather than extending the leg fully, they may only be able to do so half way. Of course, CHD can also be quite painful, especially when the femur is knocked out of its original position. This is why it’s important for those suffering from CHD to maintain a constant awareness of their skeletal alignment.
Bilateral hip dysplasia is where both the left and right hip sockets are affected by the condition. If you notice symptoms in both of your hips, the problem could be the result of bilateral hip dysplasia. Although it’s somewhat rare to experience the condition in both hips, there are still new cases popping up each year.
Females are placed at a higher risk for CHD than males. According to some studies, females are up to eight times more likely to be born with the condition. The cause of this increased risk is unknown, but some physicians believe it’s due to the larger hips in females.
Another common symptom of CHD is an off-balanced leg height. Although it’s usually unnoticeable to the naked eye, individuals with CHD possess one leg that’s just slightly taller than than other. Physicians measure their patients’ legs to help diagnose this condition. When CHD it addressed and the femur is popped back into the acetabulum, this leg height difference will gradually begin to dissipate.
The first step in treating CHD is to have the condition properly diagnosed. The truth is that hip pain and discomfort can be caused by a number of different conditions. And while you may assume it’s the result of CHD, the symptoms could be from something else. Only a professional physician will be able to identify and properly diagnose your condition as CHD.
Talk with your chiropractor about the different treatment options offered for CHD. Since this condition is characterized by skeletal misalignment, a chiropractor can oftentimes treat the condition. They’ll perform a series of manual adjustments and alignments to help guide the femoral back into its original position. Call or email the Atlanta Chiro and Wellness team for a professional quote.Share