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Jan 04, 2018 / Research & Innovation

Development Dysplasia of the Hip: What Parents Need to Know

At Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, research and education are at the core of our mission. Our staff use research to advance treatment for our patients and educate fellow clinicians of warning signs of potential orthopedic conditions in children. Through various research studies, we have identified important information that helps with diagnosing and treating patients with orthopedic conditions, like developmental dysplasia of the hips (DDH). DDH is an orthopedic condition in which the hip joint is unstable or has a shallow socket.  

For nearly ten years, our team has been conducting a study which follows patients diagnosed with DDH until they are 16 years old. Information collected in this registry includes patient’s ultrasound and X-ray images, family history and evaluations in clinic. The data gathered has been instrumental in developing a new way for our providers to examine, classify and determine the best treatment options for patients with DDH. Additionally, the research has helped our providers educate parents and fellow clinicians on DDH risk factors, treatment and prevention. 

Here are a few tips for recognizing and preventing DDH for your baby:
  • See your child’s pediatrician for a hip evaluation.
  • Report sounds of pop or click in your baby’s hip to your pediatrician.
    • This may be an early sign of hip dysplasia needing further evaluation.
  • Watch David A. Podeszwa, M.D. discuss proper swaddling techniques with NBC 5.
Learn more about the research being conducted in the Center for Excellence in Hip. 

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