HIP DYSPLASIA � the FACTS
WHAT? A condition where the ‘ball and socket’ joint of the hip doesn’t properly form in babies and young children. Without treatment, developmental dysplasia (dislocation) of the hip (DDH) may lead to problems later in life, including developing a limp, hip pain and osteoarthritis. SYMPTOMS: Within 72 hours of birth, every baby’s hips are checked as part of the newborn hip physical examination. Another examination is carried out when between six and eight weeks old. If hip dysplasia is suspected, an ultrasound will confirm this. TREATMENT: Babies diagnosed with DDH early in life are usually treated with a fabric splint called a Pavlik harness. This secures both of the baby’s hips in a stable position and allows them to develop normally. If an infant is diagnosed with DDH after six months, or if the Pavlik harness hasn’t worked, surgery is performed to place the ball of the femur back into the hip socket.
INFO: To find out more, please visit nhs.uk/conditions/ developmental-dysplasiaof-the-hip