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Dislocated Hips in People With Cerebral Palsy

Dislocated Hips in People With Cerebral Palsy

The hip joint is made up of a ball at the end of the thighbone (femur) and a hollowed-out space (socket) in the hipbone (pelvis). The term "dislocated hip" refers to the ball of the femur slipping out of the hip socketClick here to see an illustration..

People with cerebral palsy are more likely to have dislocated hips because their leg and hip muscles tighten and pull the ball out of the socket.

Some hip problems may be treated with an appliance such as a brace or a cast, preventing the need for surgery. But after a hip is dislocated, surgery is usually the only effective treatment.


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical ReviewerLouis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
Last RevisedSeptember 30, 2010

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