Developmental Dysplasia of the Hips

Developmental dysplasia is a condition which causes the hip joints to become dysplastic or deformed. At birth the femoral head and the acetabulum, the bones which make up the hip joints, are soft as they are made up predominately of cartilage. In cases of hip dysplasia the femoral head and the acetabulum do not line up properly causing abnormal pressure on the hip joint resulting in increased dysplasia over time.

At the Orlando Orthopaedic Center our team of board certified orhopaedic surgeons, lead by our pediatric orthopaedic specialist, uses cutting edge technology to treat and repair cases of developmental dysplasia of the hips. If you are looking for treatment options for dysplasia of the hips, turn to the experts as the Orlando Orthopaedic Center.

Developmental Dysplasia Treatment

The treatment options for developmental dysplasia of the hips are dependent upon the age and development of the child. Babies under 6 months of age are often treated with a palvik harness which is designed to hold the hip joint(s) in proper alignment. Children between 6 months and a year undergo a closed reduction of the hip, or realignment, before they are placed in a spica cast.

Children above the age of one year are not generally candidates for closed reduction of the hip because the hip joint is generally crowded with tissue. In these cases the tissue is surgically removed to allow for open hip reduction and the child is then placed in a spica cast.

Longterm Effects of Dysplasia of the Hips

The longer the hip joint is out of socket the more malformed the socket becomes. Because the hip socket becomes ridged over time which it is extremely important to seek help immediately if you believe your child is suffering from hip dysplasia. Children with developmental hip dysplasia, over the age of 18 months, often require osteotomies of the femur, or the removal of the femoral neck.

At the Orlando Orthopaedic Center our orthopaedic specialists treat infants and children suffering from developmental dysplasia of the hips. Our specialists are here to help your child, and your family, through every step of the diagnosis, treatment and recovery process. If you are interested in learning more about treatment options for dysplasia of the hips, schedule a consultation with pediatric orthopaedic specialist today.