Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) is a relatively common condition affecting the hip joint in infants and young children. It occurs when the joint is not adequately developed, resulting in instability and probable dislocation. If your child has been diagnosed with DDH, knowing what to expect is crucial for their well-being and future mobility; it helps knowing how to handle the condition.
Understanding Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip
Developmental dysplasia of the hip can occur due to various factors, including genetic predisposition, swaddling practices or breech positioning during pregnancy. It is more common in girls and first-born children. The condition may range from mild hip instability to complete dislocation. Early detection and treatment are crucial to achieve the best outcomes.
Diagnosis and Treatment Options
Diagnosing DDH involves a physical examination, medical history review and imaging tests, such as ultrasound or X-rays. Treatment options depend on the condition’s severity. In mild cases, Dr. Farzin Kabaei of Robotic Hip and Knee Replacement LA may recommend using a harness or brace to help stabilize the hip joint. In more severe cases, surgery could be necessary to realign the hip joint and promote proper development.
After treatment, your child may require follow-up appointments to monitor their progress and ensure proper healing. In addition, Dr. Kabaei might prescribe physical therapy for improved range of motion and muscle strength. Although, physical therapy is usually only necessary for adolescent or adult treatment. Nevertheless, following the doctor’s instructions and attending all scheduled appointments is crucial to optimize your child’s recovery.
Long-Term Outlook and Potential Complications
With immediate diagnosis and treatment, the prognosis for children with DDH is generally favorable. Most children go on to have normal hip development and function. However, some cases may lead to long-term complications, such as hip joint stiffness, leg-length discrepancy or early onset of hip arthritis. Therefore, regular monitoring throughout childhood and adolescence is essential to address any potential issues promptly.
Expert Care for DDH
When it comes to your child’s well-being, it is crucial to seek expert care. Robotic Hip and Knee Replacement LA is a leading medical center specializing in pediatric orthopedics and offers state-of-the-art treatments for developmental dysplasia of the hip. Our experienced hip specialist, Dr. Kabaei, is dedicated to providing personalized care and the latest advancements in DDH management. Contact us to organize a consultation and let him help your child improve their hip health and mobility.