Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) – video

  • Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) is an abnormal development of the hip joint in babies and young children. This presentation provides an overview of DHH and its management.

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    Key points to remember

    • DDH isn't painful; however, if left untreated it can lead to a limp in children, and progress to hip pain and arthritis in young adults.
    • All babies should have their hips checked routinely by a Maternal and Child Health Nurse in the first year of life.
    • Treatment depends on the child's age and the severity of their condition.
    • Most infants who are diagnosed early and treated don't have any hip problems in later life.

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    Developed by The Royal Children's Hospital Orthotic and Prosthetic unit. This material was funded by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. We acknowledge the input of RCH consumers and carers.

    Reviewed August 2020. 

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