Paediatric Hip Problems

Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) is the most common condition affecting the hips of infants and children. In order for the hip to develop properly the femoral head should be seated in the acetabulum. Clinical examination and ultrasound can detect instability in the hips that requires treatment.

If the condition is identified soon after birth, bracing is often successful in treating DDH. If bracing fails or the condition is identified later in childhood, surgery can be required to optimise the hip development.

Perthes Disease is a condition caused by disruption of the blood supply to the head of the femur. The treatment options for this condition are variable and range from activity modification and physiotherapy to surgery to contain the hip. Dr. Johnson will assess your child clinically and with imaging studies to determine the best management plan for them.

Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis is a condition where there is a weakness in the growth plate and the ball of the femur slips off the neck of the femur which can lead to disruption of the blood supply. Early surgical treatment of this condition is essential to optimise outcome.