Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)

Also known as: DDH

Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)

DDH is a condition characterized by improper position of the child’s hip joint. It occurs in a little more than 1 percent of births and is more common in girls.

What Causes DDH?

Hip dysplasia is often associated with the position of the baby in the uterus prior to birth and can occur more frequently in families in which a parent had hip dysplasia.

How is DDH diagnosed?

DDH is usually diagnosed soon after birth by the pediatrician. Children are referred to pediatric orthopedists for care. Nicklaus Children's Department of Orthopedics is among the region‘s most experienced in managing treatment. Early examination and treatment by a pediatric orthopedist is key to optimal care result.

What are DDH Care Options?

Options for care depend on the extent of the condition and the age of the child. Young babies can often be treated with a special brace, while older babies may require a special type of cast or perhaps surgery.

This page was last updated on: 3/23/2018 2:14:45 PM

From the Newsdesk

Sports Health Center at Pinecrest
04/17/2018 — The Sports Health Center at Pinecrest is designed to help the young athletes in our community when it comes to prevention and rehabilitation of sports injuries.
April Patient of the Month: Lucky
04/09/2018 — Lucky started going to physical therapy when he was two because of the delays with sitting up and rolling over. His physical therapist noticed that the problem was not muscular but skeletal, a condition that she couldn't treat. The pediatrician told Janie and Greg, Lucky’s parents, about Nicklaus Children's Hospital. When Janie and Greg visited Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, they met Dr. Harry L Shufflebarger, Pediatric Spinal Surgery Director. He performed the necessary surgeries and now Lucky can enjoy a healthy life.