Hip dysplasia is medically referred to as developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH). It is a condition that is not solely limited from birth and can be developed through childhood. If discovered at birth, through the use of clinical tests, treatment will be aimed at bracing or using a harness around the pelvis/hips to treat the pathology. For children who develop symptoms during childhood; pain, clicking and limited movement may be reported or an altered walking pattern may be observed. If symptoms develop before the age of 6, surgery is normally recommended.
Physiotherapy for those who have surgery is recommended to restore functional movement and strength to the lower limbs. For those, who have developed hip pain as a child, a physiotherapy assessment will be able to help determine if further investigation/onward referral is necessary if your child reports hip pain. Call The Physiotherapy Academy to book your appointment today or for some further information.
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