Anyone can be born with hip dysplasia, but low levels of amniotic fluid in the womb during pregnancy, breech positioning, and a family history can increase your child’s chances of developing the condition. Babies with these risk factors are often referred for an ultrasound of their hips regardless of their screening exam results. That’s because these risk factors or signs of hip dysplasia on their newborn screen may have mild cases that go undetected and progress as babies grow and toddlers begin to walk.
Referral to a Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon
Depending on the severity of your child’s condition, test results, and risk factors, they may be referred to a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon who has undergone special training and is skilled in treating children with musculoskeletal disorders like hip dysplasia. Our pediatric surgeons work with a team of nurses and specially trained pediatric staff who are up to date on the latest developments in the field and treat families from across the state who come to us for their children’s care.
Determining the Severity of Hip Dysplasia
Our pediatric orthopaedic surgeons will conduct a thorough history and physical exam. Depending on your child’s age, they may undergo imaging tests such as an ultrasound or X-ray to confirm the diagnosis and determine the severity of your child’s hip dysplasia.
After treatment for hip dysplasia, your child will continue to see their pediatric orthopaedic surgeon periodically to ensure their hips are developing properly. This ongoing care is important to identify any future problems that may occur, such as a recurrence of the dysplasia or early arthritis.