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Congenital Hip Dysplasia

Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) or hip dysplasia is a partial or complete dislocation of the hip joint that may be present at birth or develop later and found in approximately one in 1,000 children. Our pediatric orthopedists care for infants and children with hip dysplasia through years of growth and into adult life with both non-operative and surgical therapies. Specialized care by a MOSH pediatric orthopedist will ensure that children with hip dysplasia have the best possible outcomes and level of function.

Risk factors include:

  • Being the first child
  • Being female
  • Breech position during pregnancy
  • Family history of hip dysplasia

Symptoms of Hip Dysplasia

Common symptoms may include:

  • Leg may appear to turn outward
  • Reduced movement on the side of the body with the dislocation
  • Shorter leg on the side with the dislocation
  • Uneven skin folds of thigh or buttocks
  • Limp

Screening For Hip Dysplasia in Newborns and Infants

  • Physical exam
  • Ultrasound
  • X-ray

Treatment For Hip Dysplasia

  • Newborn to four months: Pavlic harness (specialized brace)
  • Older infants: Spica (body) cast
  • Severe cases and older infants and children: Major surgery

Hospital Affiliations

midwest orthopadic speciality hospital wheaton franciscan healthcare wheaton franciscan healthcare columbia st mary's childrens hospitel of wisconsin surgicenter of greater milwaukee wisconsin health center aurora health care

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