Hip Dysplasia: Understanding the causes, symptoms and treatment?

Concerned about your child’s hip health? Questions about hip dysplasia in infants? We’ve got you covered with essential information.

If you’re worried about your child’s hip health or have questions about infant hip dysplasia, you’re not alone. This resource is here to provide understanding and support, helping you make informed decisions for your child’s well-being.

By Chris Pearson, Physiotherapist.

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What is Hip Dysplasia?

Developmental dysplasia of the hip is an umbrella term for a wide spectrum of hip conditions. This may include neonatal instability, acetabular dysplasia as well as hip subluxations and true hip dislocations.

A clinical examination should be done commonly as part of the physical examination of a newborn child. After two to three months, limited hip abduction is the most important clinical signs for developmental dyplasia of the hip and performing an ultrasound should be done in any children who have abnormal examination or in those with high-risk factors.

Risk Factors for Hip Dysplasia?

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Risk factors in this population include a family history of hip dysplasia  or a breech position during birth. The breech position is described as being positioned either bottom or feet first whilst in the uterus. Clicking hips during a normal hip examination as well as being female are also both risk factors for developing hip dysplasia.

Why is early diagnosis important?

Early diagnosis and management is quite important because it will prevent long term complications like ongoing hip instability and dislocations and early onset osteoarthritis.

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We hope that your questions have been answered and you are looking to start your journey with us.

If you have any questions regarding hip dysplasia within the paediatric population, or you have any concerns or questions about hip dysplasia in your child, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at the Center of Movement. We are here to provide compassionate support and assistance to you and your little one.

What is the treatment?

0 to 4 weeks
1 to 6 months
6 to 18 months
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