Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Info from the International Hip Dysplasia Institute

Sitting like a big girl!
I'm posting some new info in case anyone needs a refresher in DDH, since that's why I started this blog. I'm happy to report L.E. is still doing great! Her next ortho appointment is in one month. Hopefully her hips are doing their job and we won't need further interventions.
To those expecting parents out there, please please please make sure your pediatrician checks for DDH immediately upon birth! I can't stress enough the importance of early detection. We were very lucky and fortunate to have a doctor who checks for it.

Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)

Hip Joint anatomy
The hip is a "ball-and-socket" joint that is held together by ligaments.
The ball is called the "femoral [fem-er-uhl] head" which is the top of the femur or thigh bone.
The socket is called the "acetabulum" [as-i-tab-yuh-luhm] and is a part of the pelvis.
The femoral head fits into the acetabulum creating the hip joint. This joint is normally held tightly in place by the surrounding ligaments and joint capsule.

Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip or DDH is generally the preferred term for babies with hip dysplasia since this condition can develop after birth. DDH is a medical term for general instability, or looseness, of the hip joint. 

Please visit International Hip Dysplasia Institute for more info.

1 comment:

  1. IHDI suggested I point out that 2-3 babies out of 1000 are born with DDH. It is one of the most commonly diagnosed birth abnormalities.