Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (cont.)
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Treatment for developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) focuses on moving your child's upper thighbone (femur) into its normal position and keeping it in place while the joint grows. The hip socket will not form and grow properly if the ball at the top of the thighbone (femoral head) does not fit snugly in the joint.
Treatment for DDH usually includes one of the following:
Other forms of treatment
What to think about
If your child has had successful treatment for DDH, he or she will likely not have any further hip problems. But have your child examined regularly to make sure his or her hips continue to grow and develop normally.
The longer an unstable, dislocatable, or dislocated hip persists, the more likely it is to cause long-term problems that are hard to treat. For this reason, it is important to diagnose and treat DDH early.
Follow-up medical checkups are very important for monitoring the effectiveness of treatment and preventing complications. For example, damage sometimes occurs to the blood supply of the femoral head from treatment. If not detected and treated early, this damage can lead to the destruction of bone cells (avascular osteonecrosis). The bone may then grow abnormally, become deformed, and later develop osteoarthritis.
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