Diagnosing Hip Dysplasia in Infants
Hip dysplasia can develop during fetal development and is typically detected during your child’s newborn screening. In some cases, signs of hip dysplasia develop after birth and are detected as babies grow and toddlers begin to walk.
Referral to a Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon
Depending on the severity of your child’s condition, he or she may be referred to a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon who has undergone special training and is skilled in treating musculoskeletal disorders in children. 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. Families from across the state come to us for their children’s care.
Identifying the Severity of Hip Dysplasia
Our pediatric orthopaedic surgeons will conduct a thorough history and physical exam. They may request 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 hip is 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.