Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)
DDH is a condition where the ball and socket joint do not form properly. While some children are born with the condition, many children develop DDH in their early years.
Hips affected by DDH are easily dislocated. This causes the “clicky hips” often picked up by Child and Maternal Health Nurses or Family Doctors. Many babies respond well to wearing a brace and go on to develop normal hips. Some children will need an operation to help align the hip joint and some will need further surgery.
If not treated early, children with DDH may start walking later and may limp. Without appropriate management, DDH can develop into early onset osteoarthritis.
During your consultation, I will discuss all the options with you and your family.