Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (cont.)
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Exams and Tests
All babies are examined for DDH at birth. Newborns who have risk factors for DDH, such as having foot, knee, or leg deformities, are examined very closely for the condition.
Your child's hips are also examined during regular well-child checkups. But a baby with DDH who is older than 1 to 3 months may have fewer visible signs, making it more difficult to detect. These babies may have only slightly less mobility or flexibility of the affected hip joint(s).
An orthopedic surgeon or a pediatric orthopedist usually confirms a diagnosis of and provides treatment for DDH. Your doctor will refer you to one of these specialists if he or she suspects your child has DDH.
Tests that show images of the hip joint are often done to help diagnose DDH if results from physical exams are unclear. These tests are also used to monitor treatments for DDH.
Imaging tests used to diagnose and monitor DDH include:
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