Complications of Hip Malunion

Complications of Hip Malunion

You may have heard of broken bones that don’t heal. Did you know that you can actually experience a completely different problem? Sometimes bones heal in the wrong position — or malunion. 

It’s easy to assume this issue only occurs if you don’t get medical treatment when you break a bone. However, you can also have bones that heal incorrectly after seeing a doctor or going through surgery.

Dr. Eric E. Johnson brings his experience as an orthopaedic trauma specialist to the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. One of his specialties involves treating hip malunions

The problem with hip malunion

You can experience malunion anywhere in your body where bones don’t heal in proper alignment. The most common areas involve your foot and ankle, between the arm and hand, and the femoral neck where your leg fits into your hip joint.

Unfortunately, when bones don’t heal in the right position, it throws off the anatomical structure and alignment of your skeleton. This is especially true when malunion involves your hip.

Common complications from hip malunion include:

Hip malunion can also put you at risk of arthritis because of unusual wear-and-tear on the joint.

Finding help for hip malunion

Fortunately, Dr. Johnson can identify a hip malunion by discussing your symptoms, reviewing your health and medical history, and conducting a comprehensive clinical exam. In most cases, he also performs digital imaging testing, like X-rays, CT scans, or MRI scans.

Sometimes, Dr. Johnson can relieve your symptoms by treating hip malunion with conservative therapies, like braces or shoe lifts. 

Braces

Braces work to address alignment issues by improving your leg position and adding additional support. 

Shoe lifts

Shoe lifts inserted in your footwear can help malunion symptoms by correcting discrepancies in leg length.

If you have a hip malunion interfering with your daily life, Dr. Johnson could recommend an osteotomy. This procedure involves cutting and reshaping bone with the goal of correcting alignment issues. Dr. Johnson can also lengthen or shorten bones during this surgery.

After restoring the correct anatomical alignment in your hip, Dr. Johnson secures the bones in place with plates, screws, pins, or rods to ensure they heal correctly.

Don’t let a hip malunion interfere with your mobility or quality of life. Schedule an appointment with Eric E. Johnson, MD, at his practice in Westwood, Los Angeles, California, by calling 424-309-1492 today.

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