Hip dysplasia is the result of insufficient bone development and other parts of joint. Children may develop too shallow edges of acetabulum, which forms fixation of the femur. This results in its permanent extension beyond the joint with increasing strength and muscle tension. As a result, it causes dislocation of the joint, preventing the child from walking correctly. The toddler starts to limp and his movements are like a duck’s walk.
This ailment is most often unilateral, but can affect both hips. Definitely it affects girls more often – children in whose family it occurs are also at risk of dysplasia, and those born from the buttocks. Only the early detection of dysplasia and the prompt implementation of treatment can be successfully cured with non-surgical method. However, hip dislocation is most often treated with surgery and results in long-term immobilization of the toddler.
It is worth remembering that the later we diagnose dysplasia or joint dislocation, the worse the treatment effect will be and the longer it will take!
Hip dysplasia is characterized by being palpable during the first weeks of life of the toddler by jumping in the hip joint during care (when joining and seperating legs) caused by instability – the displacement of the femur beyond the acetabulum. In the period of postnatal dysplasia, it may be difficult to move the legs sideways.
If you notice these types of symptoms in your baby – as well as the fact that they bend much more one leg or moves it more willingly, report to the so-called Preluxation Clinic. Our experienced pediatric orthopedist – Dr Barbara Jasiewicz, will examine your baby and his needs, she will perform an ultrasound examination and implement appropriate effective treatment.