Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (cont.)
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The signs of developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) vary depending on whether one or both hips are affected.
Having DDH does not cause pain. A newborn or infant with DDH may have:
In rare cases, DDH develops in the first few weeks or months after birth and signs may not be seen until your child starts to walk. Then your child may:
Children with untreated DDH may develop lasting deformities in their hips. Untreated DDH can also lead to hip joint degeneration, which is a sort of early "wearing out" of the socket. When the degeneration occurs in the cartilage that protects and cushions joints, it is known as osteoarthritis. Eventually the bones, which had been separated by the cartilage, rub against each other. This rubbing damages tissue and bone, and it causes pain.
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