Hip dysplasia is the medical term for a hip socket that doesn't fully cover the ball portion of the upper thighbone. This allows the hip joint to become partially or completely dislocated. Most people with hip dysplasia are born with the condition.
Some common symptoms of hip dysplasia include:Pain in the groin or side of the hip,A sensation of “catching” or “popping” with activity, Worsening pain with sitting, walking or running, Limping, Increased difficulty with strenuous activities.The diagnosis of canine hip dysplasia is typically made by combining: clinical signs of arthritis and pain, a complete physical exam, and radiographs (x-rays).
Ubluxation of hip noted at birth may correct spontaneously. Some physicians may continue with observation before initiating treatment. When observation is chosen, steps should be taken to ensure close follow up because some of these hips will subsequently dislocate if left alone. The child should then be re-evaluated both clinically and by ultrasound at three weeks of age to confirm concentricity.