Some statistics show for every 1-2 children out of every 1000 that there is a hip dislocation which will require treatment. If your child is diagnosed fast, the initial treatment will usually be a Pavlik harness for them to wear night and day for several weeks. If you should miss this “window of chance” the treatment will probably wind up involving surgery with your child living in a spica cast which will immobilize the hip or thigh for several months. To avoid this possibility for your little one, know these symptoms:
After they start walking, you may notice that:
For the children who are discovered to be affected by hip dysplasia in their first six weeks of life, the most common treatment is with the Pavlik harness and usually successful more than 90% of the time. With the successful treatments, the child’s hips will develop normally, and there will be no long-term issues that you should be worried.
For any child that is diagnosed with hip dysplasia later in their infancy, treatment will be more complicated and prolonged, but you should expect good results with a normal hip.
After the child’s first birthday, treatment will become complicated, and the outcome will be more guarded. Multiple surgeries should not be ruled out, and it may not bear good results.
If the hip is never treated a limp will develop, which during childhood is not painful. But in early adult life arthritis starts to form, and pain will begin setting in. When the pain is severe, it will require joint replacement.
If your child exhibits any of the symptoms described above, parents should demand an x-ray. If you, as a parent, should suspect there might be a problem with their hips or mobility get informed and keep pushing for the x-ray so everyone will know. Emergency Care in Temple, TX is here to help put your mind at ease or to confirm what you wanted to know.