June is Hip Dysplasia Awareness month and in honor of this I am going to share 5 things I have learned through this process.
- Pediatricians check all babies for signs of “hip clicks” when they are born. This is a preliminary test for hip dysplasia.
- If you know someone who has arthritis in their hips, they were probably born with hip dysplasia.
- Most babies with hip dysplasia do not need interventions such as braces or surgery as it can correct itself.
- Over 90% of cases are corrected using the Pavlik Harness. (We tried this with Cal for 2 separate time periods)
- Even if your child needs surgery to correct hip dysplasia it is a blip on the radar. A blip that is difficult, but one that won’t need to be repeated for your child’s lifetime.