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Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH)
is a dislocation of the hip caused
by an abnormal development of the hip joint in some
babies. The ball at the top of the thighbone is not stable within
the hip socket. The ligaments of the hip joint may also be
stretched and loose. This used to be called
congenital dislocation of the hip (CDH). For more information,
refer to the Kids Health Info fact sheet:
Babies with DDH often need
to wear a special brace (medically called an
orthosis). The Denis Browne Bar (DB Bar) is one
type of brace used to treat DDH. The DB Bar has cuffs
that go around the thighs and are attached to a
bar. This holds the hips and knees up
(flexed) with the legs apart
(abducted). This position allows contact
between the thigh and hip bones and helps the muscles and ligaments
to strengthen while the hip is developing.
Your surgeon or paediatrician may advise that your baby wears
the DB bar either:
Fact sheet developed by the Orthotists
and Prosthetic Department, RCH. First published Sept 2006.
Updated November 2010.